S.Korean Football Body Complains to AFC Over 'Nightmarish' Match in Pyongyang

  • By Yun Dong-been

    October 21, 2019 12:07

    This image captured from the Twitter page of Joachim Bergstrom, the Swedish Ambassador to North Korea, shows a still from a video clip of South Korea (in white) and North Korea (in red) in action during their World Cup qualifying match in Pyongyang on Oct. 15, 2019. /Yonhap

    South Korea has lodged an official complaint against North Korea over a "nightmarish" World Cup qualifier in an empty stadium in Pyongyang last week.

    "We sent a letter of complaint to the Asian Football Confederation, stating regrets over the lack of cooperation for the match, as North Korea prevented not only media coverage of the match but also the entry of a cheer squad," said an official at the Korea Football Association on Friday. "We also asked [the AFC] to take disciplinary action against North Korea," it added.

    It cited AFC regulations requiring the host country of a match to guarantee visa approval for visiting athletes, reporters and other supporters, without any discrimination.

    North Korea limited its issuance of entry visas to athletes and KFA officials.

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