Malaysian soccer team in unease over upcoming game in Pyongyang

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The Malaysian national football team, which is due for a qualifier game for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 with its North Korean counterpart on June 8, 2017, has expressed unease over the upcoming game amid continued tensions between the two countries.

Malaysia’s football chief Ismail Sultan Ibrahim even said he is worried his players could be poisoned during their stay in Pyongyang where the qualifier is scheduled to be played in the Kim Il-sung Stadium in the center of the capital, hinted at the poison attack and subsequent death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur on February 13, 2017.

The match, initially scheduled for March 28, was postponed due to a diplomatic row over the murder, but the Asian Football Confederation says the game will go ahead on June 8.

However, the Football Association of Malaysia has lodged an appeal against the decision, demanding that the game should be played on “neutral ground” to ensure safety for the Malaysian players. The appeal which is now being considered by the Asian football’s governing body.

“I do not agree at all that we should go to North Korea, but that decision lies also with the Malaysian government and the Sports Minister,” Ismail Sultan Ibrahim said.

“For me, the priority is the safety of Malaysian citizens. I’m very concerned about the safety assurance regarding the accommodation provided and the food. According to the information I have received we need to bring our own food due to the possibility of sabotage. So I have to make a decision to place the safety of our people at the top of the agenda,” he added.

Malaysia face forfeiting the game 3-0 if they refuse to play what is their first fixture in the 2019 Asian Cup’s final round of qualifying.

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The Malaysian national football team, which is due for a qualifier game for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 with its North Korean counterpart on June 8, 2017, has expressed unease over the upcoming game amid continued tensions between the two countries. Malaysia's football chief Ismail Sultan Ibrahim even said he is worried his players could be poisoned during their stay in Pyongyang where the qualifier is scheduled to be played in the Kim Il-sung Stadium in the center of the capital, hinted at the poison attack and subsequent death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's half-brother Kim Jong-nam in Kuala...

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The Malaysian national football team, which is due for a qualifier game for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 with its North Korean counterpart on June 8, 2017, has expressed unease over the upcoming game amid continued tensions between the two countries.

Malaysia’s football chief Ismail Sultan Ibrahim even said he is worried his players could be poisoned during their stay in Pyongyang where the qualifier is scheduled to be played in the Kim Il-sung Stadium in the center of the capital, hinted at the poison attack and subsequent death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur on February 13, 2017.

The match, initially scheduled for March 28, was postponed due to a diplomatic row over the murder, but the Asian Football Confederation says the game will go ahead on June 8.

However, the Football Association of Malaysia has lodged an appeal against the decision, demanding that the game should be played on “neutral ground” to ensure safety for the Malaysian players. The appeal which is now being considered by the Asian football’s governing body.

“I do not agree at all that we should go to North Korea, but that decision lies also with the Malaysian government and the Sports Minister,” Ismail Sultan Ibrahim said.

“For me, the priority is the safety of Malaysian citizens. I’m very concerned about the safety assurance regarding the accommodation provided and the food. According to the information I have received we need to bring our own food due to the possibility of sabotage. So I have to make a decision to place the safety of our people at the top of the agenda,” he added.

Malaysia face forfeiting the game 3-0 if they refuse to play what is their first fixture in the 2019 Asian Cup’s final round of qualifying.

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