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North Korean World Cup Team ‘Reprimanded’ For Six Hours, Head Coach Made To Work On Building Site

By Ollie Irish

North Korea’s World Cup squad has been severely reprimanded after their display at the 2010 World Cup. As predicted by everyone outside of North Korea, they lost all three group games, to Brazil, Portugal and Ivory Coast.

On 2 July, gaffer Kim Jong-Hun and his team were summoned to the People’s Palace of Culture in Pyongyang for a marathon dressing down, according to reports by Radio Free Asia.

Myong Chol, the sports minister, was among about 400 government officials, students and athletes that too part in the six-hour session, the report said.

Players reprimanded their coach – they had no choice – at the end of the intense humiliation session.

Kim Jong-Hun was also made to work on a building site and expelled from the Workers’ Party of Korea. So… ronery… now.

In hindsight, perhaps Korea’s group game against Portugal, which the Koreans lost 7-0, wasn’t such a great choice for the nation’s first ever live sports broadcast. Ouch.

Via Aljazeera

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By Ollie Irish on July 30th, 2010 in World Cup. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

3 Responses to “North Korean World Cup Team ‘Reprimanded’ For Six Hours, Head Coach Made To Work On Building Site”

  1. Ryan Kam says:

    Jesus. That coach is as good as dead. They should have “Cuba’d it” and fled the country while they had the chance.

  2. Montesquieu says:

    If they “Cuba’d it”, that would have guaranteed the death of their families back home in the ‘Glorious’ Korean state.

  3. J says:

    The 21st fucking century and still we come across dictatorship. It’s such a huge scandal yet everybody outside it doesn’t seem to mind much.

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