Suwon FC Ras caught drunk driving…relegation-fighting club ‘in emergency’
K League One Suwon FC’s relegation battle has been thrown into jeopardy after the team’s top scorer, Lars, was caught driving under the influence of alcohol.
“Lars (Veltvik), a member of the club, was caught drinking and driving early this morning and is under police investigation,” Suwon FC said through its official channel on Sunday afternoon.
The club added: “We apologize for the inconvenience caused to our fans. We have informed the federation of Lars’ drink-driving offense and will follow up with appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with the regulations.” “We deeply regret this incident and will ensure that it does not happen again through thorough player management.”
Lars, a Dutch native and former South African international, joined the K League through Jeonbuk Hyundai in 2020. After struggling to break through in Jeonbuk, he moved to Suwon, then in the second division, in the same year and helped the team win promotion to the K League 1 메이저사이트.
Since then, he’s been a mainstay on the front line for Suwon. With nine goals and five assists in 22 appearances this season, Ras is the team’s leading offensive point scorer, and has amassed 41 goals and 21 assists in 120 career K League games.
In July of last year and April of this year, Kunimoto of Jeonbuk and Jonatan of FC Anyang were released from their contracts after being found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. As a result, it seems likely that Ras will also be released from his contract with Suwon.
Meanwhile, Suwon (23 points) are in a tough relegation battle with local rivals Suwon Samsung (18 points) and Gangwon FC (17 points), and the departure of Ras, who led the team’s attack, puts them in a difficult situation.