[Exclusive] [Report File] Hundreds of 'Red Devils' Visit to North Korea
It is confirmed that the Korean government plans to send hundreds of 'Red Devil' cheering teams ahead of the South Korea-North Korea confrontation between the two Koreas in the Qatar World Cup in 2022 in Pyongyang on October 15.
It is confirmed that the Korean government plans to send hundreds of 'Red Devil' cheering teams ahead of the South Korea-North Korea confrontation between the two Koreas in the Qatar World Cup in 2022 in Pyongyang on October 15. An official from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said, "We understand that the Korean Football Association has delivered our position to the North through the Asian Football Federation (AFC) regarding various matters, including the red devil cheering party's visit to North Korea."
In consideration of the particularity of the inter-Korean confrontation in Pyongyang, the Ministry of Culture, Unification and the Korean Football Association recently held an in-depth meeting to discuss in-depth discussions on the issues that come with the visit. First of all, I think there is no big problem for the press reporters who will report on the South-South confrontation with the soccer team led by Bento. It is of course the right to raise the national flag and play the national anthem, so North Korea has little reason to stop it. In fact, during the women's soccer Asian Cup qualifiers held in Pyongyang in 2017, the North Koreans stood up and the national flag was played and the national anthem was played.
Anyway, our position is that at least 300-400 people are sent. Given that the number of stadiums in the stadium, Kim Il-sung, is 100,000, this figure is not enough, but the size of the cheering party was decided in consideration of the safety issues of the cheering party and the North Korean side. An official from the Korea Sports Council said, "If it is too small, it is meaningless and if there are more than 1,000 people, it is difficult for us or North Korea to control it. So, there will be enough people to accommodate 5 to 6 large buses."
Now the ball has passed to North Korea. The problem is complicated if North Korea decides not to allow the Red Devil cheerleaders to come to North Korea. At this time, we have two options. It is to accept North Korean doctors and go to Pyongyang without the 'Red Devil' cheering squad. The other is to ask the Asian Football Federation to change the venue. If the Asian Football Federation accepts our demands, there will be a qualifier in China and other third countries.
South Korea met with North Korea in the third qualifying round in March 2008 and the final qualifying in September of that year, ahead of the 2010 South Africa World Cup. However, there have been cases where both games were played in Shanghai, China, because North Korea gave up home games and demanded to play in a third country.
South Korea's men's football played against the North and South Korea unification football tournament on October 1, 1990, at the stadium on May 1, in Nungdo, Pyongyang. Since the match was a friendly, it was the first time Korea had been on Pyongyang in the World Cup qualifying.
South Korea was grouped in Group H with North Korea, Lebanon, Turkmenistan and Sri Lanka in the second round of the Qatar World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 17th. However, depending on whether North Korea allows the Red Devil cheerleaders to visit, it will ultimately determine whether the South-North confrontation will take place in Pyongyang or in a third country as before.