North Korean Soccer Team Refuses to Play After Flag Mix-Up

South Korean flag accidentally displayed

Ryan O'Hanlon

South Korea is not North Korea, which is something Olympic officials re-learned yesterday. The North Korean women’s soccer team refused to play for over an hour—and even considered withdrawing from the tournament—after a South Korean flag was accidentally displayed on a stadium scoreboard before their opening match with Colombia. (South Korea and North Korea are, technically, still at war.) The North Koreans eventually relented and won the game 2-0. “Winning the game can’t compensate for the mistake,” North Korea coach Sin Ui Gun said. “I just want to stress once again that our players’ images and names can’t be shown alongside the South Korea flag.” This is the same North Korean team that complained of being hit by lightning before the 2011 World Cup and is banned from the 2015 World Cup for “deer gland doping.” Their next match is scheduled for July 28 against France.

Via Washington Post