North Koreans don’t get off lightly

It seemed for a while that there would be no repercussions for North Korea’s national soccer team after their dismal performance in the World Cup earlier this summer. Of course, this being North Korea, the team — and especially its coach — have not gotten off lightly. In a six-hour “grand debate,” the entire squad (minus it’s two Japan-based players, who surely must think themselves two of the luckiest people on the planet) was berated by Sports Minister Pak Myong-chol, and were then forced to publicly denounce their coach. The manager, Kim Jong-hun, was accused of “betraying the young General Kim Jong-un,” the son and heir apparent of Kim Jong-Il. He has reportedly been forced out of the Worker’s Party and forced to work as a construction laborer.

Via Foreign Policy

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