http://www.thestar.com/sports/soccer/article/842235--north-korea-soccer-coach-fears-for-his-lifeNorth Korea soccer coach fears for his life
First, they were made to listen to a public airing of their faults. Then they had to turn around en masse and do the same thing to their disgraced coach, who may not be long for this world.
New reports are leaking out of North Korea about the national soccer team’s humiliating return home after losing all three of their matches at the recent World Cup.
No one expected North Korea to do well – except, apparently, the leadership apparatus of North Korea.
Embarrassment was compounded when, after a competitive 2-1 opening loss to five-time champions Brazil, the country’s despotic leadership took the unprecedented step of broadcasting the team’s second game on live television. North Korea’s 7-0 loss to Portugal was one of the most lopsided in tournament history. According to early reports, the North Korean play-by-play team stopped speaking during the second half of the broadcast. The match went unreported in the next day’s newspapers.
In a country that takes perverse delight in punishing its most loyal servants, you could smell the payback coming.
It apparently arrived on July 2, shortly after the North Koreans returned home.
The 23-man roster – minus its two Japanese-based ringers, Jong “Weepy” Tae-se and An Yong-hak – was hauled up on stage in front of 400 attendees at the inaptly named People’s Palace of Culture.
The audience included a large number of university students and athletes, as well as high party officials.
For the next six hours, players were reprimanded for failures in their play, according to a jarring report from Radio Free Asia.