Tokyo Olympics: South Korean footballer Lee Dong-gyeong blasted for 'disrespectful' snub of OlyWhites star Chris Wood

A South Korean Olympic footballer is being called out for embarrassing his country for refusing to shake OlyWhite Chris Wood's hand in defeat.

New Zealand opened its Olympic campaign on Thursday with an upset 1-0 win over the Koreans in Koshima.

Wood, Burnley's top goal scorer during the English Premier League season, scored the winner in the second half to earn New Zealand its first-ever win at the Olympic Games.

Following the match, Wood and his Kiwi teammates were congratulated by their opposition with one exception -  Lee Dong-gyeong.

Lee ignored Wood's extended hand and glared firmly past the OlyWhites marksman, in a moment captured by cameras.

South Korean fans have blasted their countryman for being disrespectful to the opposition.

"The game can be lost, but his behaviour was unsportsmanlike and very disappointing," said one fan online.

"Even if it is due to the COVID-19 quarantine rules, it is possible to refuse a handshake, but it is a pity that he is not polite," said another.

"Very disrespectful display despite the sadness of defeat. Must show respect to the victors," said another.

New Zealand can book a spot in the knockout stages with a victory over Honduras on Sunday.