25 August 2010

FIFA ends probe into North Korean football

ZURICH (AP)—FIFA has ended a probe into North Korean football after accepting an explanation from Pyongyang that the national team coach and players were not disciplined after losing all three matches at the World Cup.

FIFA says it has “checked all of its sources” and closed the matter.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter opened an investigation two weeks ago after unconfirmed reports from North Korea alleged coach Kim Jong Hun and his players were mistreated after returning home from South Africa in June.

FIFA says the North Korean football federation has written explaining the team is “training as usual” and will soon play at the Asian Games.

The federation tells FIFA the reports were “baseless” and Kim was not sanctioned.

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