May 16, 2021 10:59:32 am
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) confirmed on Sunday that North Korea has pulled out of next month’s qualifying tournament for the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.
South Korea is due to host the remaining matches in Group H of the second round of Asia’s preliminary tournament in June, but North Korean officials informed their southern counterparts of their intention to withdraw this month.
Prior to the withdrawal, North Korea were in fourth place in the standings after five matches, level on eight points with the South Koreans, who have played one game fewer.
Turkmenistan currently lead the group, which is completed by Lebanon and Sri Lanka.The AFC said it will refer North Korea’s withdrawal to governing body FIFA, with a decision on how the country’s exit from the competition will affect the group standings to be announced in due course.
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