Perugia's North Korean forward Kwang Song Han was banned from appearing on Italian TV by his country, according to the Serie B club's president Massimiliano Santopadre.
The 19-year-old, who has scored five goals in six Serie B games this season, was due to appear on RAI's "La Domenica Sportiva" programme at the weekend.
However, only hours before he was due to drive up to Milan, where the programme is filmed, he received a call from North Korea forbidding him to go.
"A call from a not very clear...
Kwesé Sports brings you Serie B action on Friday evening as Perugia host Spezia live on Kwesé Sports 1, with both sides looking to consolidate their spot in the automatic promotion places.
The match, which kicks off at 20:30 (CAT), could see fourth-placed Perugia confirm their spot in the top seven with a win, while even a draw would see them almost certainly progress to the next stage.
Perugia are currently fourth on 60 points, eight clear of ninth-placed Bari, who currently sit in ninth,...
Genoa survived a scare to beat Serie B side Perugia 4-3 after extra time in the fourth round of the Coppa Italia.
First-half goals from Giovanni Simeone and Goran Pandev looked to have put the top-flight side on course for victory but Rolando Bianchi and Jean Armel Drole hit back after the break.
Nicolas Burdisso hit the bar late on for Genoa but they went on to win in extra time with a second goal from Pandev and another from Nikola Ninkovic.
Francesco di Nolfo scored Perugia's consolation after...