South Korean soccer international Hwang In-beom (27, Zvezda, Zvezda) was subjected to an outrageous attack by Nenad Jestrovic (47, Serbia), the top scorer in the 2004-05 Belgian first division. Local media strongly criticized the incident, saying that the excuse that it was unintentional did not work.
Zrvena Zvezda (Serbia) lost 1-2 at home to Leipzig (Germany) in the fourth leg of their 2023-24 UEFA Champions League round of 32 Group G match. Nenad Jestrovic, appearing on a review program, incorrectly referred to Hwang In-bum as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The Serbian newspaper Danas wrote, “Former footballer Nenad Jestrovic made an unintentional mistake by insulting Hwang In-bum. Racism through a TV channel.”
Danas is a 26-year-old Serbian progressive newspaper that is pro-social democracy, pro-EU accession, and in favor of human rights and minority protection.
Nenad Jestrovic said, “I still don’t have a good rapport with my teammate Tsvetana Zvezda. It seems to be a bit of a hindrance (rather than a help) to the team’s performance,” he said, referring to Hwang In-beom as Kim Jong-un in the course of commenting on his performance against Leipzig.
“Maybe he wanted to criticize Hwang In-bum because he is a foreigner (not a Serbian player), and it was broadcast live on TV and spread around the world through social networking services (SNS),” said ‘Danas’, adding that he wondered if Nenad Jestrovic really made a ‘mistake’.
Serbia is ranked 16th in the European League, while Germany is fourth. In the European Club Rankings, Tsrvena Zvezda are 45th and Leipzig are 8th. The 1-2 loss is disappointing, but it’s not a result that can be called a failure.
“You can excuse it as a ‘mistake’ in a live situation, but Nenad Jestrovic cannot escape criticism for his lack of professionalism as a football broadcaster, and even for being disrespectful to his viewers,” wrote Danas.
Tsrvena Zvezda paid Olympiakos (Greece) €5.5 million (about KRW 7.9 billion) for Hwang In-bum in the summer transfer window, the highest investment in the Serbian top flight. His contract runs until June 2027. 보스토토 도메인
Nenad Yestrovic didn’t even know the name of his country’s professional soccer transfer record holder. It’s worth emphasizing that “Danas” called it “an amateurish error that a professional commentator shouldn’t make and a disrespect to the viewers.
Serbia is a country that has produced active sports superstars such as the 2021-2022 NBA Most Valuable Player, Nikola Jokic (28, Denver Nuggets), and Novak Djokovic (36), the men’s tennis singles GOAT (Greatest Of All Time).
“You can’t just laugh at them,” says Danas. Nenad Jestrowicz is in serious trouble. If an American broadcaster had misnamed Novak Djokovic or Nikola Jokic on live television, would Serbs have stood by?” he asks.