North Korea vs Japan World Cup qualifier to take place at neutral venue

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KUALA LUMPUR: North Korea's home World Cup qualifier against Japan on Tuesday (Mar 26) will be held at a neutral venue and not in Pyongyang, the Asian Football Confederation said, four days before

on Tuesday will be held at a neutral venue and not in Pyongyang, the Asian Football Confederation said, four days before the game.

Japan and North Korea's women's playoff for the Paris Olympics was switched from Pyongyang to neutral ground in Saudi Arabia last month. However, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported on Thursday that North Korea didn't want to host the match over fears of bacterial infections in Japan. "I told them it was so sudden and that I cannot give them an immediate yes," Japanese media quoted Tashima as saying.The match in Pyongyang would have been the first game in North Korea for Japan's men's team since 2011 and a rare international football match in North Korea.

 

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