London apologises to North Korea after flag blunder

Updated: Jul 26, 2012, 19:26 PM IST

London: The organisers of 2012 London Olympic Games have issued a statement of apology after mistakenly using the national flag of South Korea for the North Korean team before an Olympics group match of women`s football.

"Ahead of the women`s football match at Hampden Park Wednesday, the Republic of Korea flag was shown on a big-screen video package instead of the Democratic People`s Republic of Korea flag," said the statement issued by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

"Clearly, that 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."