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sports Updated: Jun 19, 2010 02:00 IST

FIFA says the four North Korean players reported by the media as "missing" from the team's World Cup match against Brazil were simply left off the submitted squad list due to a technical mix-up.

FIFA media official Gordon Watson said on Friday that North Korea submitted 19 names for Tuesday's game, leaving off players who were not expected to compete. News reports said forward An Chol Hyok, goalkeeper Kim Myong Won, and midfielders Kim Kyong II and Pak Sung Hyok were listed as absent for the 2-1 loss to Brazil.

The players have appeared at training sessions this week. North Korea's next match is against Portugal on Monday in Cape Town.