Kim Jong-il punishes North Korean football team for World Cup failure
North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il is reportedly so frustrated at his country’s poor results at the 2010 FIFA World Cup that he subjected the entire football squad to public humiliation and sentenced coach Kim Jong-hun to hard labor.
After losing all three of their games in South Africa, including a humiliating 7-0 drubbing by Portugal, Jong-hun and his players faced six hours of public shaming from government officials. The 53-year-old tactician was also made to work on a building site and has been expelled from the Workers’ Party of Korea.
The players and Jong-hun were accused of betraying the trust of Jong-il’s son, Kim Jong-un, who had visited the training camp to wish them well. The bizarre public humiliation took place on July 2, and
only Japanese-born Jong Tae-se and An Yong-hak were spared as they flew directly to Japan.
“In the past, North Korean athletes and coaches who performed badly were sent to prison camps,” said an intelligence source.