June 16, 2010 11:43
The North Korean-controlled press had unusual praise for South Korean footballers Park Ji-sung and Ki Sung-yueng on Tuesday. The Choson Sinbo, a Pyongyang mouthpiece published in Japan, said North Korean Central TV on Monday night aired about an hour of footage from the South Korea vs. Greece match.
According to the paper, the commentator, Prof. Lee Tong-kyu of the North's Research Institute of Sports Science, spoke highly of Park and Ki.
North Korean Central TV has been broadcasting recorded World Cup matches illegally since Saturday night, having failed to acquire the broadcasting rights. North Koreans rejoiced over South Korea's 2-0 win. "The match where compatriots played has drawn great attention," the paper said. "People in Pyongyang, without an exception, cheered for the South Korean team."
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