Watch: North Korean goalkeeper hit with huge ban after calamitous own goal

The North Korean goalkeeper was charged with 'bringing the game into disrepute'. Photo / YouTube
The North Korean goalkeeper was charged with 'bringing the game into disrepute'. Photo / YouTube

A goalkeeper from North Korea who failed to stop an opposing goalkeeper's kick from scoring has been banned from the Under-17 World Cup for "bringing the game into disrepute."

The official YouTube clip of Jang Paek Ho's effort in an Asian Under-16 Championship match against Uzbekistan in September has already been viewed more than 4.5 million times.

The Asian Football Confederation said it imposed a 12-month ban on Jang Paek Ho and North Korea under-16 team coach Yung Jong Su.

"The effect of the match suspensions also means that Yung and Jang are now suspended from the FIFA U-17 World Cup," the Asian body said.

The U-17 World Cup will be played in India next October.

The AFC said the North Korean soccer federation was also guilty of bringing the game into disrepute and fined $26,000.

Jang was fined $1300 and coach Yung was fined $6500.

North Korea's loss to Uzbekistan ensured they got an easier opponent in the quarterfinals. With the four semifinalists all qualifying for the FIFA tournament, North Korea advanced and Uzbekistan did not.

- news.com.au

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