Mon, September 23, 2013

North Korea match delayed after wrong flag displayed

By REUTERS


North Korea's captain Kim Chung-Sim, Kim Song-Hui and Ri Ye-Gyong (L-3rd L) await the start of their Olympic soccer match after the South Korean flag was wrongfully displayed during introductions. (REUTERS)

The start of the women’s Olympic soccer match between North Korea and Colombia was delayed on Wednesday after the South Korea flag was incorrectly displayed on a giant screen before kickoff at Glasgow’s Hampden Park stadium.

“The South Korean flag was shown in the video package on the screen before the kickoff and the North Koreans were naturally very upset about that,” Hampden Park media manager Andy Mitchell told Reuters after the North Koreans had walked off the pitch.

“We have made a full apology to the team and the North Korean NOC (National Olympic Committee). A genuine mistake was made for which we apologise.”

The game was scheduled to kick off at 6:45 p.m. local time.