LONDON – A South Korean soccer player, who was photographed apparently carrying a political message about a territorial dispute with Japan after their Olympic bronze play off, adhered to official advice on Saturday and stayed away from the medal ceremony. The 23-year-old midfielder had been pictured the day before seeming to hold up a sign which read “Dokdo is our territory” following his team’s 2-0 victory over Asian rivals Japan. The incident risked inflaming an already tense political situation between the two countries over the islands which are known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea, and which lie equidistant from the two nations. On Saturday, Japan said it would take the territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice, after South Korean President Lee Myung-bak made a surprise visit to the islands this week. After the visit, Japan recalled its ambassador to South Korea. “We have opened an inquiry and have asked the NOC (National Olympic Committee) of the Republic of Korea for an explanation,” the International Olympic Committee said in a statement on Saturday. It called on South Korea’s National Olympic Committee to take swift action and had urged the player not to attend the ceremony….
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