LIVE: Furious nation appeals skating 'injustice'

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South Korea's Olympic team will appeal to sport's leading court over the controversial scenes that rocked the men's 1000m speedskating semi-final.

The Korean Sport and Olympic Committee (KSOC) is furious that world-record holder Hwang Dae-heon and Lee June-seo were disqualified for illegal late passing and lane-changing respectively, after finishing first and second in their heats.

The KSOC will appeal the decisions with the Court of Arbitration for Sport as it looks to "formalise the injustice".

"We plan to do our best to prevent injustice from happening to our athletes in the international ice skating and sporting communities," the KSOC said in a statement.

South Korea protested to the International Skating Union over Hwang's fate, but that was denied as disqualification for rule violations cannot be challenged.

Hungary also submitted a protest after Liu Shaolin Sandor was dealt a yellow card for two penalties in the 1000m final, but it was also rejected.

South Korea held a press conference in Beijing to blast the refereeing.

"I believe our athletes all played fairly and I believe they are the winners," chef de mission Yoon Hong-geun said.

"We hope that such things will never ever happen again in the future."

South Korea has demanded a meeting with the International Olympic Committee.

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