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North Korea's own goal

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17.10.2019

By Park Moo-jong

There were no spectators, no live TV coverage, no reporters, no grass pitch and no goals for a bizarre South and North Korean football match to qualify for the 2022 Qatar World Cup in the entirely empty Kim Il-sung Stadium in Pyongyang, Tuesday.

The strangest game (as described by BBC) was expected as the authoritative regime of Kim Jong-il, grandson of Kim Il-sung, flatly rejected global news coverage of the "historic" event.

What surprised people around the world, particularly South Koreans, was the vacant stands. The South had been much concerned about a unique home advantage and the unilateral cheering of the home crowd jam-packing the 50,000-capacity stadium devoid of South Korean supporters.

Why did the North even deny its own people the right to attend the game, even giving up the certain home advantage?

The answer is simple. Since the Korean War, provoked by Kim Il-sung June 25, 1950, ended July 27, 1953, with an armistice and not a peace treaty the two Koreas are still technically at war.

We are living in an ever-developing digital world of the 21st century where all of the world's people can watch in real time everything that takes place across the globe. It was a ridiculous farce........

© The Korea Times