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North Korean team will be sent to coal mines as punishment


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MORE than one disgraced national team has been heckled by angry fans on returning home - but North Korea's misfiring stars reportedly face a much harsher punishment.

Unfortunately, crazed dictator Kim Jong-il chose the 7-0 mauling at the hands of Portugal to be the first football game ever broadcast in the impoverished communist nation.

"The Portuguese won the game and now have four points," the Korean Central Broadcasting commentator said at the conclusion of the match. "We are ending our live broadcast now." It then cut to factory workers and engineers praising the Dear Leader.

Seems the result may not have tallied too well with Kim Jong-il's narrative that North Korea is a socialist paradise populated by athletic supermen.

Moon Ki-Nam, a former North Korean coach who fled the country in 2004, told reporters: ?The players and coach are rewarded with huge houses when they win. But they have to atone for losing by being sent to work in the coal mines.?

The players kept a low profile after the game. Coach Kim-Jong Hun somewhat optimistically told the media: ?We failed to reach our goal. I want to apologise for this to our people. I do not think that we will be punished.?

Some members of the 1966 North Korean World Cup squad were reputedly sent to labour camps after throwing away a 3-0 lead against Portugal in the quarter-finals.

Source : Adelaidenow

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Maybe a little mine work will give them a some incentive to do better in the future.

Well, hight altitude training is a staple regime these days, don't see why low altitude training couldn't be as successful.

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Maybe a little mine work will give them a some incentive to do better in the future.

No ... it won't. Brutal repression doesn't encourage performance.

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No ... it won't. Brutal repression doesn't encourage performance.

You're a glass is half empty kind of guy huh? :shiftyninja:

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Why didn't these guys just defect? , I mean after the loss, you just run like hell. :whistle:

And what happens to their families back home?

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Haha oh wow... But to be honest, nowhere does it say they will be punished this way, heck, is not even confirmed the '66 team got punished (it says reputedly).

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The title is completely twisted.

No one has been sent to the mines...yet. This "article" is simply based on the speculation of one defector, and an old rumor that started 40 years ago.

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