World Cup fears over North Korea in 1966

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The government considered denying North Korea visas to attend the 1966 World Cup, official documents have revealed.

The UK feared the presence of communist North Korea at the finals in England could cause diplomatic shockwaves.

But denying the squad entry could prompt the "disaster" of a relocated World Cup, warned a Foreign Office memo now released by the National Archives.

At the time the UK did not officially recognise the state that had proclaimed itself "The Democratic People's Republic of Korea" back in 1948....

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