Sunday, December 21, 2014   

Racist Japanese football club penalized
(03-13 15:15)

The Japan Soccer League has disciplined Japanese club Urawa Reds over racist fan behavior, ordering the popular team to play its next home game at an empty stadium.
A fan displayed a banner at Urawa's home stadium on Saturday, saying “Japanese Only'' written on it. The sign was put up at a stadium entrance but wasn't removed until after the March 8 game.
Urawa will play its next home game on March 23.
Most teams in the J-League have several foreign players on their squads, but Urawa did not have a single foreigner in its lineup for Saturday's match which it lost 1-0.
Following today's decision, the team announced it will prohibit supporters from displaying signs and banners of any kind at all home games.—AP
   
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