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Red card to Kim Jong-un

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Players of South and North Korea in their 2022 World Cup qualifying match at the empty Kim Il-sung Stadium in Pyongyang, Oct. 15.
By Oh Young-jin

The world should stop pampering North Korea.

The latest lesson in point is the 2022 Qatar World Cup football qualifying match in the North's capital, Pyongyang, Oct. 15.

The North blocked a live TV broadcast, allowed no international media and had the game played in a literally empty stadium that can seat 50,000.

On returning home, South Korea captain Son Heung-min said his team was lucky to suffer few injuries because the North Koreans played rough and used plenty of expletives. South Korea's general manager Choi Young-il said the North played like it was waging war.

In response, FIFA, football's governing body, took the situation with amusement but without a sense of urgency.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ride horseback at Mt. Baekdu in a recently released photo by the state media.
Its president Gianni Infantino expressed disappointment about the empty Kim Il-sung Stadium.

"I was looking forward to seeing a full stadium for such a historic match but was disappointed to see there were no fans in the stands," the Italian........

© The Korea Times