22 Aug 2008

Korean world cup qualifying tie moved to China

5:47 am on 22 August 2008

South Korean football officials claim their World Cup qualifier against North Korea next month has been moved to China because the North refuses to play the national anthem or fly the flag of South Korea.

Experts claim North Korea won't allow patriotic displays from the South because they could undermine the messages from the communist state's propaganda machine.

An earlier qualifying tie between the two Koreas, technically still at war, originally set for Pyongyang in March was moved to Shanghai for the same reasons.