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Thursday, July 26, 2012

South's Flag on Display for North Korea's Soccer Team in London

A very unpleasant incident has shaken the London Olympics, even before its official start. The organizers mistakenly displayed the South Korea’s flag on a screen instead of North Korea's before a women's soccer match, prompting the team to walk off the pitch.

The blatant mistake occurred during player introductions before the DPRK's match against Colombia. A North Korean player was displayed along with the South Korean flag when the teams were already on the pitch.

The match was delayed for more than an hour, as the North Korean side had gone into their dressing room. Only after organizers apologized for the error did the action resume.

“We were angry because our players were introduced as if they were from South Korea, which may affect us very greatly as you might know,” coach Sin Ui-gun said through an interpreter after having won the game 2-0.

“If this matter couldn't have been resolved, then I thought going on would be nonsense,” he added.

“We will apologize to the team and the National Olympic Committee and steps will be taken to ensure this does not happen again.” - was the official comment from the Organising Committee.

The North Korean players refused to speak to reporters after the game.


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