Banners and a flag at football match spark Seoul-Tokyo row
SEOUL (AFP) - Political banners and a military flag displayed at a football match between South Korea and Japan have dragged top government officials from both countries into a diplomatic spat.
The Korea Football Association (KFA) issued a statement on Wednesday insisting that Japanese fans waving a large "rising sun" Japanese military flag had incited South Korean supporters at Sunday's East Asia Cup tie in Seoul.
The home fans had unfurled a giant banner in the first half that read: "There is no future for a people that have forgotten history" - a reference to Japan's 1910-45 occupation of South Korea.
Many South Koreans believe Japan has failed to atone for abuses during the colonial period which remains a constant source of tension between the two countries.