FIFA has ended an investigation into claims that members of North Korea's World Cup squad were punished following their failure to win a match at the World Cup, accepting the North Korean FA's insistence that the reports were "baseless".
It had been reported that several players and coach Kim Jong Hun were publicly humiliated, with Hun said to have been sent to work on a building site as punishment for the team's losses.
But following a letter of inquiry for FIFA, the North Korean FA said the team was "training as usual" ahead of the 16th Asian Games, and there was no truth to the reports.
The association also provided evidence to show that recent presidential elections were held in accordance with FIFA rules and were not affected by the World Cup campaign as only one game had been played at that time.
FIFA said they were satisfied with the information received.
"With all of the information at hand, and having checked all of its sources, FIFA has decided to close the matter," a statement said.