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Kim Jong-Il Punishes World Cup Coach

7/30/2010 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

North Korea's tiny dictator Kim Jong-Il is reportedly soo pissed at his country's terrible World Cup performance -- that he tore into the players and sentenced the coach to hard labor.

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According to several reports, Jong-Il was fuming at the team's 0-3 showing during the tournament -- which included a 7-0 loss to Portugal -- so he and 400 government officials called the squad into a meeting, where they were verbally bashed for 6 hours.

Jong-Il was reportedly so mad at the coach -- Kim Jong-Hun -- that he ordered the dude to perform hard labor AND stripped him of his membership to Jong-Il's political party ... probably a blessing in disguise.

On the bright side -- past North Korean athletes and coaches who've failed to produce have been reportedly shipped off to prison camps ... so there's that.


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