Olympic Games organisers faced embarrassment as
A major flag blunder angered
It was a mistake that prompted
As the Korea DPR players warmed up on the pitch prior to the scheduled
The squad walked off and could only be persuaded to return when the teams were announced again with each player's face displayed next to the North Korean flag.
A statement from LOCOG erad: "Today ahead of the women's football match at
"Clearly this is a mistake, we will apologise to the team and the national Olympic committee and steps will be taken to ensure this does not happen again."
The Group G match eventually began at
The error was particularly unfortunate, given that
The countries were formally established as separate entities in 1948, and the Korean War began in 1950.
Only two years ago, North Korean artillery shells killed four people, two from the military and two civilians, on
London 2012 has given women's football in the UK an 'unprecedented platform' on which to create a lasting legacy, according to the Football Association's head of national game Kelly Simmons.