Son hints at “shushing” gesture reasoning

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Dom Le Roy

A an article by The Guardian tells how Son Heung-min says that West Ham United fans will know why he gave them the shushing gesture after scoring against their team at Wembley on Thursday night.

The article describes how the South Korean was racially abused by a West Ham supporter in November, after he wound down his car window to pose for a picture with another fan. It adds that In a video that was uploaded to social media, the man – who is off camera – asks Son if he can get him a copy of the new Planet of the Apes film. “DVDs. You do DVDs. Good copies,” the man adds, before identifying himself as a West Ham supporter.

The article describes how the reference to selling DVDs is known to be a racist term when aimed at Asian footballers and, after the clip was circulated, West Ham released a statement in which they said they “unreservedly condemn the actions of the individual in this video” with Spurs issuing a statement along similar lines.

The article goes on to say that Son’s long-range screamer on 84 minutes earned us a 1-1 draw and it went in at the end where the West Ham fans were seated. Son put his finger to his lips as he celebrated. “It was nothing special, I don’t want to talk about it,” Son said afterwards . “I think they knew why I did it and that’s it.”

It was his 10th goal of the season in all competitions and his 31st for the club since the start of last season. “I’m living my dream but I can’t believe it,” he said. “I’m playing Premier League but I’m still very hungry. I’m looking up. I want to be a top player. I think I can still play better. I have a good chance to play even better than this.”

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