North Korea ban football club for cheating

This strong disciplinary action is taken Sonbong, who fielded a "wrong player" in the final of their domestic tournament. Apart from being stripped of their title, Sonbong are also banned from playing for six months.

updated: September 11, 2013 14:30 IST
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Seoul: North Korea said on Wednesday that they had barred one of their top domestic football clubs from all competition for six months, in a rare admission of cheating in sports.

A report by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) -- headlined "Strong Disciplinary Action Taken against Sonbong Team" -- said the manner of the club's victory in the final of the domestic "Torch Cup" tournament two weeks ago had been "contrary to proper sporting spirit and morality".

The precise offence was unclear, but KCNA said Sonbong had fielded a "wrong player" in the final against the April 25 team -- suggesting it may have been caught bringing in a ringer for the game.

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