New date and neutral venue confirmed for North Korea vs Malaysia tie

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The Asia Football Confederation (AFC) has confirmed that the postponed 2019 Asia Cup Qualifying match between North Korea & Malaysia will be held on June 8.

The match was postponed due to diplomatic tensions between the two countries following the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

When asked why the date was chosen, AFC general-secretary Datuk Windsor Paul John said the Asia Cup Qualifying matches must follow a sequence.

“June 8 is the only available FIFA date ahead of the next Asian Cup Qualifying matches on June 13,” Windsor was quoted as saying by NST

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AFC also confirmed that the match will be held in a neutral venue, though the location will depend on the North Korean FA (DPRK FA) and their venue of choice.

“The DPRK FA have until April 14 to propose a neutral venue. They must also come up with security and entry guarantees when they propose a neutral venue to AFC in the event the diplomatic situation between both governments does not return to normal,” he added.

The return match will also take place at a neutral venue on 14 November.

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