September 23, 2020

South Korea football association seeks to discipline DPRK after this week’s game

Ban on media and fans from the South forced teams to play key match in empty stadium

The Korea Football Association (KFA), the governing body that oversees South Korea’s national soccer team, announced on Friday that it had filed a formal complaint over the alleged poor conditions and lack of sportsmanship surrounding this week’s historic inter-Korean World Cup qualifier game in Pyongyang.

The complaint, outlined in a letter first reported by South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, condemned the DPRK for “refusing to cooperate” with the South’s media and supporters who had sought to travel to the game, and asked the Asia Football Confederation, the governing body for soccer in Asia, to look into whether the North Koreans should be disciplined.