Uzbekistan U-22 violence causes uproar

Uzbekistan have been forced into a grovelling apology after members of their U-22 team lashed out violently against their South Korean rivals in last weekend's King Cup competition in Thailand. 

Frustrated at fluffing their own chances - and perhaps hoping to avenge their senior team who were knocked out by the South Koreans in the Asian Cup a week earlier - things were about to turn ugly.

As the match slipped away, Uzbek midfielder Jaloliddin Masharipov kicked things off, literally, in the 77th minute with a flying, studs-up kick to the chest of Kang Sang-woo.

Defender Tohir Shamsitdinov went even further. Aggrieved by a harmless challenge for the ball, he headbutted Shim Sang-min before letting fly with a flurry of punches to the head.

It is understood the Uzbek coaching staff personally apologised to the Korean team afterwards.

The national federation also released a statement saying: "Uzbekistan Football Federation would like to express sincere apologies for the incidents occurred during the match and declares that Tohir Shamsitdinov and Jaloliddin Masharipov ... will undergo strict disciplinary sanctions both by Uzbekistan Football Federation and relevant football clubs,"

"We do hope on Korea and Thailand Football Associations' valuable understanding and look forward to maintain estimable friendly relations between our football associations."

Shamsitdinov was sent home from the tournament.