"We were angry because our players were shown as if they were from South Korea"

David Cameron today sought to play down the blunder, saying it was an “honest mistake” and adding: “We shouldn’t over-inflate this episode. It was unfortunate, it shouldn’t have happened, and I think we should leave it at that.”…

Meanwhile it was suggested that the players may have felt under pressure to “make a fuss” over the mix-up – for fear of being sent to the gulag if they did not.

Korea analyst Aidan Foster-Carter said: “If those footballers had not made the sort of protest they did, they would have a risk of questions being asked when they got back home and perhaps being taken to a not very nice place.”