North Korea faced off with South Korea in a historic soccer World Cup qualifier … but nobody saw it — ’cause North Korea didn’t allow fans in the stadium OR a TV broadcast.
The meeting between the two teams on Monday — which ended in a 0-0 tie — was surreal … it was reportedly the first match between the two national squads in Pyongyang EVER.
But … North Korean officials reportedly put massive restrictions on who could view the game — with no TV coverage, no fans in the stands and no journalists allowed.
Check out the pics … it’s straight-up eerie.
Of course, North Korea and South Korea have a tense relationship … the two countries are technically still at war — and reports say everything surrounding the match was strained.
According to international reports … the South Koreans were forced to leave their cell phones at the South Korean Embassy — and communication to and from the game was nearly impossible.
As for fans who wanted to follow the match … their only option to watch it live consisted of brief posts about the match on FIFA and Asian Football Confederation websites.
But, North Korea will reportedly hand over a DVD of the game to South Korea this week so it can broadcast the match to its fans on tape delay at a later date.
Backlash over the blacked-out match has been strong in South Korea … with many fans upset over the lack of coverage.
As for soccer … unclear how the tie will impact each team’s chances at a spot in the 2022 FIFA World Cup — but the squads will reportedly have to rematch in an away location next June.