Mis­sile took care of that

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

North Korea’s match against Malaysia in 2019 Asian Cup qual­i­fy­ing has been post­poned a sec­ond time amid new mis­sile tests by the host na­tion.

The Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion says the June 8 game, it­self post­poned from March 28, could be played on Oct. 5.

Still, the AFC did not com­mit to play­ing in Py­ongyang. A neu­tral venue could be or­dered.

The Asian soc­cer body cited se­cu­rity risks caused by “geopo­lit­i­cal ten­sion on the Korean Penin­sula” for the lat­est post­pone­ment.

The first de­lay fol­lowed ris­ing diplo­matic ten­sions be­tween North Korea and Malaysia dur­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s es­tranged half-brother in Kuala Lumpur.

The teams are in a four-na­tion Asian Cup qual­i­fy­ing group that also in­cludes Le­banon and Hong Kong.

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