For the World Cup, North Korea banned broadcasting the games live to avoid potential embarrassment. Oh but then they only lost 2-1 to the mighty Brazil, so the next game became North Korea’s first live sports broadcast ever. Unfortunately, in that game, North Korea lost to Portugal by a staggering 7 points. So naturally, as any reasonable government would, North Korea held a six-hour public inquiry, heaping criticism and shame on the players.
However, media in South Korea said the players got off lightly by North Korean standards.
“In the past, North Korean athletes and coaches who performed badly were sent to prison camps,” a South Korean intelligence source told the Chosun Ilbo newspaper.