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Tourists are being invited to Visit North Korea by a sponsorship board at Blyth Spartans and ad in the matchday programme
(Image: Roman Harak)

PHOTOS: Visit North Korea sponsorship board at Blyth Spartans

Historic Croft Park sees unconventional advertising for 2-2 draw with Spennymoor Town.

Blyth Spartans have acquired a 'Visit North Korea' advertising board at Croft Park. So many questions.#NonLeague pic.twitter.com/WWhgVnk2Lx

— Non League Nomads (@Nonleaguenomads) December 26, 2018

A Visit North Korea sponsorship board has been spotted adorning the perimeter of the pitch at National League North side Blyth Spartans.

The advert has been apparently placed at Croft Park in Northumberland by a company offering “expert led travel” to the country.

https://twitter.com/BSAFCCommercial/status/1078253535526113280

A promotion could also be seen in the matchday programme for the club’s league game against Spennymoor Town on Boxing Day.

Tom Fowdy writes on visitthedprk.org:

Although it is certainly, 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.

https://twitter.com/Visit_DPRK/status/1078226370604474368

The historic ground, opened in 1909, in the town of Blyth will never have seen anything like it.

Commercial director Mark Scott confirmed that the deal had been “arranged very professionally” and encouraged people to “be nice”.

Whilst i'm no expert in North Korea it's been arranged very profesionally by all involved and we're the first club of hopefully many they hope to link up with so be nice 😁 😷 πŸ‘

— Stephen Durrant (@BSAFCCommercial) December 26, 2018

The move has come in for some criticism, however.

On social media, Scott has been forced to justify the arrangement between the two parties:

Because we are promoting what is by all accounts a beautiful country and not the regime. @NotMichaelPalin, @channel5_tv and all their advertisers are doing the same yet you don't seem to be demonising them for doing exactly the same as @Blyth_Spartans?

— Stephen Durrant (@BSAFCCommercial) December 27, 2018