North Korea's football manager has been punished for the team's World Cup flop by being made to work on a building site, according to The Sun.
The report said Kim Jong-hun, 53, will be grafting as a laborer for up to 14 hours a day.
The coach received his sentence after he and his players faced a six-hour grilling from 400 officials of the Communist country's hardline regime, the daily reported.
Kim was also stripped of his membership of the Workers' Party of Korea, led by pint-sized Kim Jong-il.
The Sun said the dictator was furious as the team lost all three matches, including a humiliating 7-0 thrashing by Portugal.
What made it worse for the tiny tyrant was his decision to allow that match to be shown on state TV after North Korea's narrow 2-1 defeat by Brazil in their opening game.
The North Korean team’s manager, players and backroom staff were ordered to a World Cup inquest at the People's Palace of Culture in the capital Pyongyang when they returned from South Africa.
North Korean striker Jong Tae-se shed tears ahead of a match with Brazil during the World Cup in South Africa. (Yonhap)
The players were then allegedly forced to blame their coach for the defeats. Kim was being punished for "betraying the trust of Kim Jong-Un", Kim's son, the report said.
북한 축구대표팀 감독 건설현장서 강제노동
남아공 월드컵에서 3게임 모두 패한 김정훈 북한 축구대표팀 감독이 건설현장에서 강제노동을 하고 있다고 영국 더 선지가 1일(현지시간) 보도했다.
북한 축구대표팀이 브라질과 첫 경기에서 1대 2로 선전하자 김정일 총서기가 두번째 예선전인 포르투갈과의 경기를 중계하기로 결정했었다.
이 경기에서 0대 7로 굴욕적인 대패로 끝나자 김정일 총서기의 노여움을 산 것으로 알려졌다.
이 신문은 북한 축구대표팀이 월드컵 경기후 귀국하자 정부 당국 고위층에게 6시간에 걸친 조사를 받은데 이어 선수로부터 김 감독 비판을 강요했다고 전했다.
김 감독이 김정일 총서기의 3남인 김정운의 신뢰를 배반했다는 이유로 강제노동 처벌이 내려진 것으로 전해졌다. (헤경뉴스)