ZEROBASEONE's Park Gunwook's "neutrality in the Korea-Japan game" comment has drawn criticism from some netizens.

The men's soccer final of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games took place at the Yellow Dragon Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, China, on July 7, with the Korean national team led by Hwang Sun-hong winning 2-1 against Japan to win their third consecutive title.

However, a comment made by ZEROBASEONEe's Park Gunwook a day before the final has stirred up controversy with some netizens.

On Bubble Live, a communication channel with fans, Park said, "I have to watch soccer tomorrow. It's the final between Korea and Japan," and was talking about watching the livestream with the fans. He added, "I can't say that I want to, I can't make any promises."

However, Park Gunwook later turned on the live stream again and revealed that he would not be able to watch the soccer with his fans, saying, "It's a Korea-Japan game afterall, idols have to stay neutral right? You know what I mean, I'm sure you understand," he said.

Some people expressed outrage at Park Gunwook's comment, saying that he was trying to remain neutral between South Korea and Japan, and at his agency's refusal to allow him to watch the game live with his fans.

However, some users said that it was a "sensitive reaction" and that they understood his position as he is an idol who is gaining popularity at home and abroad.

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1. Why say something that he could've kept it to himself?...

2. So he's neutral even when it comes to his nationality?ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

3. How old is he? And where is he from?

4. Is he mixed blood or something? What "neutral"? He has no common sense tsk 

5. A Korean should support Korea. Why care about the reactions?... I feel like a company that cares about reactions too much are those who will end up selling the country. It's just weird

6. ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋfreaking hilariousㅋㅋㅋㅋ

7. Isn't he Korean?

8. Is he Japanese? I'll understand if he was Japanese but if he's Korean, it's oba

9. ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ just shut up

10. I don't know who he is but I'm learning about him through this...

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