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South Korea coach resigns

Hong Myung-bo has resigned as coach of South Korea following his side's disappointing World Cup campaign.

The Asian side finished bottom of Group H after picking up just one point from their three matches - a 1-1 draw with Russia in their opening game.

They received a hostile reception on their return home, with fans throwing toffees at the team - a great insult in the country - and displaying a banner reading 'Korean football is dead'.

The Korea FA last week backed Hong, who as a central defender was the country's most-capped international with 135 appearances, to continue until the 2015 Asian Cup.

But he told reporters at a press conference in Seoul on Thursday: "When we left for the World Cup, I said we would give hope to people, but we ended up giving them disappointment.

"A lot has happened over the past year, and I've made my share of mistakes. I made decisions that I felt were the right ones at the time, but as the results show, I've had many failures.

"I'd like to apologise to fans for letting them down.

"After returning home, I carefully thought about my abilities as a coach and decided I still had many deficiencies. I didn't feel I was a good enough a coach to take the country through the Asian Cup."