Malaysia appeals AFC decision to hold qualifier in North Korea

  • Reuters, Wednesday, May 10, 2017 7 PM
To say the least, diplomatic relations between Malaysia and North Korea aren't good, but the Asian Football Confederation wants to have Malaysia travel to Pyongyang for a rescheduled Asian Cup qualifier against North Korea in June.

Malaysia is appealing the decision. Relations soured following the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in February.

The Malaysian national team was barred from traveling to North Korea for the match originally scheduled to be played on March 28. The travel ban has been lifted but Malaysia's Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin expressed concerns over the safety of the national team in Pyongyang.

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