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Kuala Lumpur: Following the deadline on April 14, 2017 for DPR Korea to submit a neutral venue proposal in the event their AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 final round qualifier against Malaysia is not playable in Pyongyang, the AFC will now start discussions with potential Member Associations who can host the match, which has been scheduled to take place on June 8, 2017.

The final decision on whether the match will be played at a neutral venue will be made on May 8, 2017, taking into consideration the political situation between the two countries especially with regard to the travel ban imposed by the Malaysian Government, which led to the postponement of the match originally scheduled for March 28, 2017.

The AFC is currently awaiting the latest information from the Football Association of Malaysia if the travel ban is still in force or has been lifted.

The AFC will make no further comment at present.