Hwang Eui-jo, who is under police investigation for illegal filming, scored the game-winning goal on his return to Norwich City.
Hwang scored the game-winning goal in the 21st minute to give Norwich City a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers (QPR) in the 17th round of the 2023/24 Championship at Carrow Road in Norwich, England, on Saturday. The win lifted Norwich to 13th place (7W2D – 23 points), while QPR dropped to 23rd place (2W4D – 11 points), just four points ahead of last-place Sheffield Wednesday.
Hwang Ui-jo was the star of the show on the day, lining up as a frontline striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Norwich manager David Wagner kept his faith in Hwang, who is currently under police investigation for illegal filming.
Hwang Ui-jo recently shocked the world when it was revealed that he was under police investigation for illegal filming. He was reportedly investigated for illegal filming on July 17, a day after the end of the 2026 North American World Cup Asia Second Qualifier against Singapore.
Hwang Ui-jo became controversial in June after photos and videos of him and women in his private life were circulated on social media by A, who claimed to be his ex-lover. The social media posts were quickly deleted as the controversy grew, but Hwang’s legal representatives filed a complaint with the Seongdong Police Station in Seoul against A, who posted the private life revelations, on charges of violating the Information and Communications Network Act (defamation in the case of false statements) and intimidation.
At the time, Hwang claimed that the video was on a stolen cell phone while he was on loan at Olympiakos in the Greek first division last year, and that the video was not taken illegally.
The case went quiet for about five months, but was reignited when it was revealed that the police requested an arrest warrant for A and investigated Hwang Ui-jo as a suspect on the 17th. It was also revealed that A was Hwang Ui-jo’s brother-in-law, causing even more shock.
However, the case entered a new phase on the 21st when Hwang Ui-jo’s ex-lover sued him through his legal representative, claiming, “Although I had a relationship with Mr. Hwang, I never agreed to shoot sensitive videos at that time or since then, and I have repeatedly asked him to delete them.” “Instead of looking back and reflecting on his mistakes, Mr. Hwang lied to the media about ‘shooting with his ex-lover in agreement’, leaving irreparable wounds and trauma to the victim,” he said.
Then, on Nov. 21, Hwang made a controversial substitution in the 27th minute of an away match against China in the second round of the AFC Asian qualifiers.
Jürgen Klinsmann, the national team’s head coach, emphasized that the case had not yet been decided and that Hwang’s suspension was justified. It was later reported that Norwich City were aware of Hwang’s case, but they chose to utilize him in the game and named him in the starting lineup.
Jürgen Klinsmann, the national team’s head coach, emphasized that Hwang’s participation was justified, noting that the verdict was still pending. After the international break, Hwang returned to his club Norwich, and it was reported that Norwich City were aware of his case.
In his pre-match press conference ahead of the QPR game, Wagner said: “I don’t have enough information to know the full story of what happened in South Korea. “What I can judge and control is what happens on the pitch,” said Wagner, who added: “Ben Nafer will deal with the situation with Hwang Ui-jo and his agent. He’s going to be with us. At the end of the day, I’ll decide if he’s going to play, and right now I don’t have all the information I need,” he said, adding that he would only judge based on what he sees on the pitch.
True to Wagner’s prediction, Hwang started the game against QPR in a frontline striker role. For once, Wagner was right. Hwang scored the only goal of the game to give Norwich all three points.
In the 21st minute, Hwang collected a long ball from the back post, trapped the ball with an exquisite trapping move, looked to the opposite corner as the goalkeeper leapt, and struck it with his right foot. His line-breaking ability to break down defenses and his composure in one-on-one situations was outstanding.
Hwang, who scored his second goal of the season after joining Norwich on loan from Nottingham Forest, immediately ran to the stands and put his finger to his mouth in a ‘shhh’ gesture. He stayed on the field until the 19th minute of the second half before being replaced by Adam Aida to finish the game 캡틴토토.
Hwang Ui-jo joined Nottingham from Girondins Bordeaux in France last season, but he didn’t get a chance to make his debut and was immediately loaned to Olympiakos in Greece. After failing to make an impact at Olympiakos and being labeled as a non-performer, Hwang ended his loan early and joined K League 1 side FC Seoul on a six-month loan. After improving his form as a main striker in Seoul, Hwang returned to Nottingham after his loan ended and made several appearances in pre-season matches, raising expectations for the new season.
Once again, however, he was not given a chance. Eventually loaned out again to second-tier Norwich, Hwang bounced back and forth between starting and substituting. In the 14th round against Sunderland, he played his first full game on loan and scored his first goal in England. After playing full-time against Blackburn in Round 15, Hwang started against Cardiff City in Round 16, making three consecutive starts and gaining more and more trust.
He was dealt a blow when he traveled to South Korea on international duty and was questioned by police as a suspect in an incident that occurred in June, but he scored his second goal of the season shortly after his return to show that he was focused solely on football.