26 Aug 2011

North Korea banned from next Fifa World Cup

9:07 am on 26 August 2011

North Korea have been banned from taking part in the 2015 women's football World Cup in Canada after five of their players were handed lengthy suspensions by FIFA for failing doping tests during this year's edition in Germany.

The five players were suspended from the game for periods of 14 to 18 months.

The team doctor, Jong Ae Nam, who claimed that she had used a "Chinese remedy" based on musk deer glands to aid players who had been struck by lightning, was handed a six-year ban from the game as the five players all tested positive for steroids.

The North Korean federation was also fined half a million dollars which corresponds to the prize money it would have received for its 13th place.

The Colombian reserve goalkeeper Yineth Varon, who also tested positive, was given a two-year ban.