Today’s Fifa 2022 World Cup qualifier between North Korea and South Korea in Pyongyang will not be broadcast live outside North Korea.
The only live information available for the fixture will be online commentary on Fifa and AFC websites, which will provide information on goal scorers and substitutions.
South Korean free-to-air broadcaster KBS reported that it and the country’s two other major free-to-air broadcasters, MBC and SBS, had received no reply from Pyongyang on the matter, and that no South Korea reporters had been allowed to travel to the North Korean capital to cover the game.
South Korea’s national football team and staff were refused direct entry to the country and had to travel via Beijing for the game at the 50,000 capacity Kim Il-Sung stadium, which will be played today, October 15.
Neither Fifa nor the Asian Football Confederation have made statements on the situation. There is precedent for games played in North Korea with foreign opponents to have restrictions on live broadcasts. North Korea’s World Cup qualifier against Lebanon in Pyongyang on September 5 was broadcast on North Korea television only the day after it took place.