On July 19, Hayoung uploaded a photo to Instagram showing the creation of a new, purely professional, exclusively women’s football club called “FC Rumor”. Kim Sejeong also shared the photo and wrote: “A hobby for which I am grateful. For the development of women’s football.” These posts have since been deleted.
The photo showed that the football club was founded on July 18. Although the girls in the photo had their backs to the camera, their matching uniforms featured famous names like Gugudans Nayoung, BESTies Uji, TWICEs Jihyo and Mina, EXIDs Jeonghwa and actress Kim Sae Ron.
FC Rumor had also set one up Instagram account for yourself, which has now been made private. The Instagram account shows that the new club is also called “FC Rumor W”, which indicates its purely female status.
However, rumors spread that the club was connected to a purely male celebrity football team, also known as “FC Rumor”. Some malicious commentators spread rumors that the two football clubs were just an excuse for these male and female celebrities to meet and keep up to date.
Later on July 19, Hayoung went to Twitter to refute the rumors.
Many people have sent me various posts and comments to read. The members founded this club because we love football and have no connection to others! I think a lot of people are concerned, so I wanted to tell you.
I was shocked to receive malicious comments that crossed the border, as well as to annoy comments and direct messages (DMs). I heard a lot of it for the first time, and because I was worried about the fans, I want to talk about whether you were worried and what you were worried about! Our club doesn’t meet anyone else and we founded the club just because we liked exercise and competition …!
We are a purely female team that only consists of people who love football. We sweat and work hard and train together! Due to misunderstandings and speculations, many stories emerge. I learned football because I wanted to tell fans about my new experiences later, but it seems that a lot of people got it wrong.
I am sorry that I caused misunderstandings. I will speak to my agency about the malicious comments that have crossed the line. We work hard with a good goal, so please stop the misunderstanding!
Our team has no relationship with the male team and we have never played football together! If other fans or Pink Pandas are the least worried, it makes me even more worried. We are aware of the current situation [pandemic] Situation, so we were careful and met recently for the first time. If pandas are affected, we will be more careful in the future!
Kim Sejeong also wrote on Instagram: “The male and female teams have no relationship with one another, do not plan any relationship with one another and had no exchange at all. We don’t plan an exchange, we don’t even know who’s in each other’s team, and we’re not at all curious about each other. We really started an association because we liked football and wanted to learn about it and get a new hobby. There are non-celebrities, not just celebrities. I’m sorry that we as celebrities couldn’t protect their private lives. “
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