North Korea suspended from Asian football for a year


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  • Sunday, 14 Dec 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: North Korea have been suspended from Asian football for a year after the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) accused them on Friday of failing to take the competition seriously. 

The AFC's executive committee meeting here awarded Jordan a 3-0 victory over North Korea after the Jordanian team failed to obtain visas in time to play an Oct 28 qualifying match in Pyongyang. 

The AFC imposed a US$8,000 fine on North Korea for the “failure to take AFC competition seriously” and ordered the country's men's senior team to be suspended for a year from 2004 from participating in AFC competitions. 

It also awarded Iran a 3-0 win over North Korea after the visiting team walked off the pitch in a Nov 12 game in Teheran when a home made explosive was thrown on the field. North Korean player So Hyok Chol was slightly injured by the firecracker. Iran were fined US$10,000 by the AFC over the incident. 

Datuk Peter Velappan, AFC secretary-general, said they viewed the Nov 12 incident “very seriously”. 

The AFC executive committee also ordered Iran to play their next senior international match in AFC and FIFA competitions behind closed doors without spectators. 

Mohamad Husain Mohamad Husain of Bahrain was suspended for six months from all football and fined US$3,000 for violating AFC doping control regulations after an Asian Cup match against Iraq on Oct 8. 

It also awarded Turkmenistan a 3-0 victory over Syria, after Syria failed to turn up for their match on Dec 3. 

AFC fined Syria US$3,000 and warned a repeat could result in them being suspended from AFC competitions. – AFP 

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