N. Korea Soccer Team Walks Off in Flag Flub

Olympic committee is very, very, very, very sorry
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2012 3:08 PM CDT
N. Korea Soccer Team Walks Off in Flag Flub
The South Korean flag got a little unanticipated action today, resulting in a North Korean temper tantrum.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

No sooner had London's Olympics kicked off than the North Korean women's soccer team took its toys and walked off today: The team refused to take the field for more than an hour for their match against Colombia after the South Korean flag was inadvertently displayed on the scoreboard, reports the BBC. Red-faced Olympic organizers immediately issued an apology, notes the AP, and the match is now underway.

From the apology: "The South Korean flag was shown on a big screen video package instead of the North Korean flag. Clearly that is a mistake. We will apologize to the team and the National Olympic Committee and steps will be taken to ensure this does not happen again." Also, of soccer note: The US women's team not only managed to take the field against France, but also pulled off a 4-2 victory, led by goals from Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Carli Lloyd. (Read more North Korea stories.)

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