North Korea striker only allowed to play in goals at World Cup
Because admin errors happen in even the smoothest communist machine
North Korea striker Kim Myong-Won will not be able to take part in the World Cup unless he is used as a goalkeeper, FIFA has said. The minnows decided to take a gamble with their squad by taking an extra striker rather than a third goalkeeper.
But FIFA rules say that squads must include three keepers who cannot be used as outfield players.
“The three players listed as goalkeepers can only play as goalkeepers during the FIFA World Cup and cannot play outfield,” FIFA said in a statement. “Kim Myong-Won will not be allowed to play as an outfield player if he has been put on the list as a goalkeeper.”
With the squad now officially submitted it could only be altered if the player suffered a serious injury, which is, ironically, what the team secretary will probably receive when he returns to North Korea.