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North Korea refuses to start Olympic soccer match over flag dispute

Updated: July 26, 2012 3:43PM

GLASGOW, Scotland — The North Korean women’s football team has refused to take the field for its match against Colombia at the Olympics because of a dispute about its flag at the stadium.

Officials at Hampden Park say the team wouldn’t take the field at the scheduled time. It was unclear what the dispute involved. The North Koreans still weren’t on the field 30 minutes after the start time. The Colombians also didn’t take the field.

The North Koreans did warm up on the field before the match.

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