South Korean city Yongin said Tuesday that nothing has been confirmed on hosting a pro football club in its region, denying rumors that it has contacted Jeju United in the top domestic league.
Yongin, a city in Gyeonggi Province located 50 kilometers south of Seoul, will complete the construction of a multi-sport stadium with 37,155 seats in November. To make the stadium sustainable, it was suspected the city would host a sports franchise and it was rumored to be talking with Jeju United.
But a city official denied that it has had contact with the K League Classic club.
|This photo provided by Yongin City Government on July 15, 2017, shows construction of a stadium in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province. (Yonhap)|
Jeju United, owned by South Korean conglomerate SK Group, have been on Jeju Island since 2006 after signing a deal with the municipal government. But since their contract will expire next year, the club was speculated to be considering a move to a new city. The 1989 K League champions were previously based in Bucheon in Gyeonggi Province, Seoul and Incheon.
After rumors spread that Jeju United could relocate to a new city next season, club supporters displayed banners opposing the team's move and demanded an explanation from management. Jeju previously said they've not pursued relocation.
"I think they were linked to our city since their deal with Jeju Island ends next year," Kang said. "We're open to every possibility, but we've yet to come to the conclusion of hosting a football club." (Yonhap)