Not so very long ago, we showed you a decidedly dodgy goal conceded by North Korea’s Under-16 team that subsequently raised more than a few quizzical eyebrows around the world.
The goal in question saw Uzbekistan ‘keeper Jasurbek Umrzakov score past his opposite number, Jang Paek-Ho, from the far end of the pitch after the North Korean stopper stumbled at the most inopportune moment.
Uzbekistan won the game 3-1, thus topping their Under-17 World Cup qualifying group and landing a tricky draw against Iran. North Korea finished second, meaning they would face an altogether easier tie against Oman in the next round.
Indeed, it just so happens that the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) weren’t overly convinced by Jang’s theatrics either.
After concluding their investigation into the incident, the AFC have fined the Korean stopper to the tune of $1,000 fine (approx. £800) and banned him from football for an entire calendar year.
The AFC have also stung North Korean official Yung Jong-su with a $5,000 (approx. £4,000) fine for his part in orchestrating the charade, topped off with a matching 12-month ban to call his very own.
The North Korean FA have also been fined $20,000 (£16,000-ish) and given a suspended ban from competing at the AFC U-19 Championship in 2018.
The AFC issued a statement to confirm as much:
Should the U-19 representative team of the DPR Korea Football Association engage in similar behaviour in the AFC U-19 Championship 2018 (Qualifiers), they will be automatically excluded from the competition.
The effect of the match suspensions also means that Yung and Jang are now suspended from the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017.
Like the old saying goes: Cheats never prosper, especially when their blatantly rubbish at cheating.