North Korean Women’s Soccer Team Refuses to Start Olympics Game After South Korean Flag Shown (Photo)


This is not how you want the Olympics to start.

The Associated Press reports that a flag mix-up led to a little bit of controversy on Wednesday, the first day of the Olympics. According to the AP, the North Korean women's soccer team initially refused to take the field for its game against Colombia after what was called a "flag dispute." 

ESPN UK reported shortly thereafter that the team was unhappy after the starting lineups were shown on the video board with a South Korean flag next to the North Korean team's players. 

The game was originally set to begin at 7:45 p.m. local time, but that did not happen. The two teams eventually returned to the field in Glasgow, Scotland at about 8:20 p.m. to restart warmups with the conflict apparently resolved.

Organizers apparently apologized to the club and then issued a statement as well.

"Today ahead of the women's football match at Hampden Park, the South Korean flag was shown on a big screen video package instead of the North Korean flag. Clearly that is a mistake," organizers said, according to the AP. "We will apologize to the team and the National Olympic Committee and steps will be taken to ensure this does not happen again."

See a photo of the mixup below.

North Korean Women's Soccer Team Refuses to Start Olympics Game After South Korean Flag Shown (Photo)

Photo via Twitter/@jamescrossan

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