North Korean Team Put Through 6-Hour Inquiry Over World Cup Loss
July 30, 2010
North Korea had some painful losses, such as the 7-0 game against Portugal, which was the first ever live televised sports game in the country. The loss went over badly, with the commentators who had been watching to report on the game going quiet in the second half, and the results being withheld from the papers the next day.
But that wasn’t half as bad as what they had to face when they got home.
All players, except for Jong Tae-se and An Yong-hak, who are both Japanese and back in their own countries facing less strenuous consequences of their losses, were put on a stage and criticized in front of hundreds of people this week.
Sports Minister Pak Myong-chol laid into them for hours, asking shaming questions, berating them, and finally forcing them to say it was all their coach’s fault.
Coach Kim Jong-hun shared a name close to that on Kim Jong-un, the son of Jong-il, and rumored future leader of the Communist regime. Because of this, the suspicious leader is taking it as a personal offense, and he is being blamed for the performance of the team.
According to the Telegraph, he has now been ordered to become a manual laborer for the rest of his life, and he is now afraid that that life will be cut short.
Considering he has been blamed in a country that is brain washed, and he has pissed off the Dear Leader, he probably should be worried.