Sunday 21 January 2018

North Korea four reappear

Four North Korea players reported missing following their side's defeat against Brazil turned up for training yesterday.

There had been rumours Kim Myong-won, An Chol-hyok, Kim Kyong-il and Pak Sung-hyok may have tried to defect after their names were listed as absent on the team-sheet for the 2-1 defeat to the Brazilians.

"We have no information on this -- we have only been contacted on this issue by the media," FIFA communications director Nicolas Maingot told a media briefing earlier yesterday.

"Our media officer with the Korea DPR has spoken to their delegation, (who) completely deny these rumours," added Maingot.

The players trained with the rest of the squad yesterday.

Irish Independent

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