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Fake Kim angers North Korean cheer team

BBC News logo BBC News 14/2/2018
A Kim Jong-un impersonator gives a thumbs-up to the camera as Korea fans look on angrily: This is the second time that a fake Kim Jong-un has caused a stir at the Winter Olympics © Getty Images This is the second time that a fake Kim Jong-un has caused a stir at the Winter Olympics

A fake Kim Jong-un has drawn the anger of North Korean cheerleaders by gate-crashing the unified Korea's ice hockey match with Japan.

A man impersonating the North Korea supreme leader danced in front of Pyeongchang cheerleaders during their 4-1 defeat.

Pictures seem to suggest that the Pyeongchang 2018 cheerleaders did not see the funny side of things, as Twitter users shared close-ups of their angry faces.

A Kim Jong-un impersonator is surrounded by journalists who try to film him on their cameras and phones: The impersonator appeared to be a native English speaker © Getty Images The impersonator appeared to be a native English speaker Some cheerleaders look at a Kim Jong-un impersonator disapprovingly whilst others look at the hockey match: The fake Kim Jong-un is taken away by security while some of the cheerleaders attempt to keep watching the match © Getty Images The fake Kim Jong-un is taken away by security while some of the cheerleaders attempt to keep watching the match

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The 230-member cheerleader squad has 'mesmerised crowds' at the Winter Olympics with their matching uniforms and vocal chants.

The imposter was filmed shaking hands with crowd members as he was escorted out of the arena by security.

He reportedly told on-lookers his name was Howard, and claimed he hadn't committed any crime by looking like a world leader and cheering a hockey team.

"This is crazy," he said to a crowd of security guards and journalists, "what do you think I'm going to do? I haven't been violent."

"I just want to see the game, so what's the problem? I'm about to miss my game," he added.

'Kim' was eventually released by security, as footage emerged of him smiling as he left the stadium.

It is unclear whether this is the same lookalike who gate-crashed the Pyeongchang 2018 opening ceremony last week with a Donald Trump doppelganger.

And this is not the first controversy that has struck the North Korea cheerleading squad at the Winter Olympics, who were under fire after wearing masks 'which resembled Kim Il-sung' during a previous women's hockey match.

By Tom Gerken, UGC & Social News

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