A goalkeeper from North Korea who failed to stop an opposing goalkeeper’s kick from scoring has been banned from the Under-17 World Cup for “bringing the game into disrepute.”
The official YouTube clip of Jang Paek Ho’s effort in an Asian Under-16 Championship match against Uzbekistan in September has already been viewed more than 4.5 million times.
On Friday, the Asian Football Confederation said it imposed a 12-month ban on Jang Paek Ho and North Korea under-16 team coach Yung Jong Su.
“The effect of the match suspensions also means that Yung and Jang are now suspended from the FIFA U-17 World Cup,” the Asian body said.
The U-17 World Cup will be played in India next October.
The AFC said the North Korean soccer federation was also guilty of bringing the game into disrepute and fined $ 20,000 US. Jang was fined $ 1,000 and coach Yung was fined $ 5,000.
North Korea’s loss to Uzbekistan ensured it got an easier opponent in the quarter-finals. With the four semifinalists all qualifying for the FIFA tournament, North Korea advanced and Uzbekistan did not.
The goal gave Uzbekistan a 1-0 lead early in the second half lead. It went on to beat North Korea 3-1 and earned a quarterfinal match against eventual champion Iraq.
By losing and finishing runner-up in its group, North Korea next faced lower-ranked Oman, which it beat in a penalty shootout.
“Should the U-19 representative team of the (North) Korea Football Association engage in similar behaviour in the AFC U-19 Championship 2018 [qualifiers], they will be automatically excluded from the competition,” the Asian governing body said.