Jang Paek Ho, North Korea’s goalkeeper at the recent U-16 AFC Championship, has been banned for 12 months along with his coach Yung Jong Su.
The youngster was responsible for an unbelievable error at the tournament, when he ventured too far out of his own box and allowed the opposing goalkeeper to score during his country’s final group match against Uzbekistan:
The Associated Press reported on Friday that, as a result of that incident, the AFC have imposed a 12-month ban on Jang and Yung for “bringing the game into disrepute.”
The suspicion is that Jang could have saved the goal but chose not to because North Korea were actually trying to lose the match against the Uzbekis in order to get an easier opponent in the quarter-finals.
They did in fact go down 3-1 to Uzbekistan, which enabled them to avoid a meeting with Iraq and instead face Oman, who they defeated in a penalty shoot-out.
The ban means that Yung and Jang will not be allowed to compete in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India next year.
“The effect of the match suspensions also means that Yung and Jang are now suspended from the FIFA U-17 World Cup,” the AFC said.
“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,” it added.