Football fans have been left baffled after noticing an ‘Visit North Korea’ advertising board popping up at Blyth Spartans.
The company, which arranges trips to the country, have agreed a sponsorship deal despite the Foreign Office website advising against “all but essential travel”.
Today we are proud to announce our new sponsorship agreement with @Blyth_Spartans F.C. We are grateful for the chance to support clubs in the North East of England! #DPRK #Northkorea #HowayBlyth #blyhhttps://t.co/gSwrNFYRde
— Visit North Korea (@Visit_DPRK) December 27, 2018
(above photo by @BSAFCCommercial on Twitter)
Commercial director Mark Scott revealed in the club’s match programme: “Visit North Korea provides expert led travel with an emphasis on engagement in the world’s most secretive country – The Democratic Republic of Korea.
“Having never visited the Far East before I was quickly calling club Chairman Tony Platten who had just returned from Japan and Nepal to reveal the latest enquiry and he was as intrigued as me.
“Having seen the recent Michael Palin documentary I was certainly interested by the country despite negative views on the country’s politics.”
The travel firm stated, as quoted by the Non League Paper: “Although it is unique and unconventional, Visit North Korea is nevertheless proud to be able to help support the great English game at a local level.
“In the process, by promoting our program we aim to help people broaden their horizons and think differently about the world.”
After finding out about the ‘Visit North Korea’ advertising board popping up at Blyth Spartans, fans took to Twitter to give their confused reaction on it all with some seeing the funny side – take a look at what they had to say on the next page.
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