North Korea’s World Cup 2010 squad were given a six-hour dressing down in front of officials following their performance at the tournament.
According to the Daily Star, the squad was forced to publicly blame their manager, Kim Jong-Hun, despite the fact he guided then Asian nation to their first World Cup finals for the first time since 1966.
The side, who are ranked 103rd in the world, lost all three of their group games in South Africa to be eliminated in the first round.
After their promising display in their opening fixture against Brazil, dictator Kim Jong-il allowed their next match against Portugal, which they lost 7-0, to be shown live.
Because of his role in South Africa, Kim Jong-Hun was also made to work on a building site and has been expelled from the Workers’ Party of Korea.
“In the past, North Korean athletes and coaches who performed badly were sent to prison camps,” said an intelligence source.