A soccer and Myanmar national team player who refused to return to Myanmar, where the military has continued to crack down on citizens, and indicated his intention to apply for refugee status in Japan, met in Osaka on the 17th, saying, "About my life being saved. I was relieved, but I was worried about my family in Myanmar. "

Myanmar national team Pier Lian Aung, who came to Japan for the second qualifying round of the Soccer World Cup in Asia, showed his intention to protest the army, which continues to crack down on citizens, during the match against Japan last month. It was pointed out that there was a risk of punishment.



Then, on the night of the 16th, after checking in for the return flight at Kansai Airport, he refused to return to Japan shortly before leaving Japan and left the team, indicating his intention to apply for refugee status in Japan.



Pie Lian Aung said at a press conference with lawyers and supporters in Osaka on the 17th, "I don't regret what I did. It was an opportunity for the Japanese people to know about Myanmar's problems. I'm happy with it. "



"I was relieved that my life was saved, but I am worried about my family in Myanmar," he said with mixed feelings.



He also revealed that his family in Myanmar, who contacted him via SNS, said, "We have no problem, so don't worry, please live in Japan."



Pier Lian Aung will move to the home of a Burmese supporter and will soon apply for refugee status through a lawyer.

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