North Korea: Goalkeeper and manager of U16 team fined and banned by AFC

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The AFC said it would also ban North Korea from the AFC U19 Championship if there was a repeat offence during qualifying

A North Korean goalkeeper has been fined and banned for a year for deliberately conceding a goal that helped his side get an easier cup tie.

Jang Paek-ho was beaten by the opposition goalkeeper as North Korea lost 3-1 to Uzbekistan at the AFC Under-16 Championship in September.

The Asian Football Confederation also fined and banned the team's manager.

It said Yung Jong-su and Jang "brought the game into disrepute" with "the deliberate conceding of a goal".

Manager Yung was fined £4,000, Jang was fined £800 and North Korea's football association was fined £16,000.

Jang came rushing out of his area and appeared to duck underneath the Uzbekistan keeper's long kick forward.

As the ball bounced towards his net, Jang clearly still had a chance of preventing a goal, but he threw himself on the ground before he could reach it, allowing the opposition to take a 1-0 lead.

Uzbekistan's victory meant they played eventual winners Iraq in the quarter-finals.

By losing, North Korea finished second in their group - behind Uzbekistan. They went on to beat Oman in the last eight before losing on penalties to Iran in the semi-finals.

The four teams who made the last semi-finals all qualified for the U17 World Cup, to be held in India from 6-28 October 2017.

The AFC will allow North Korea to compete - without Jang and manager Yung - but said they would ban the team from the 2018 AFC U19 Championship if they "engage in similar behaviour" during qualifying for the event.

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