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North Korea may be isolated and tightly controlled, but it apparently is no stranger to a problem that plagues capitalist countries: soccer violence.
A World Cup qualifying match between Iran and North Korea in the capital of Pyongyang erupted into a melee Wednesday evening when fans were enraged after referees failed to call a penalty against one of the visiting players.
Bottles and rocks were thrown on the field, and masses of North Koreans surrounded the Iranian team's bus after the match - a rarely seen display of public violence in the authoritarian country. North Korea lost, 2-0.
Soccer is a gentlemans game played by holligans, Rugby is a holligans game played by gentleman.