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Japan skipper Yoshida accuses Saudi fans of 'discriminatory gestures'

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Fire 30 plus players for Japanese if Japan want to win not the coach all players should be under 25 if Japan wants a chance n shoot at chance players not pass at chance player otherwise bye bye football

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Racism, unfortunately FIFA is not interested unless they can get some publicity from it. Nothing will happen…..however, do something to upset a sponsor and they’d throw the book at you.

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Racism in soccer? Well, there's a shock!

Good on Yoshida for standing up against this disgrace from Saudi fans. It took guts. Unfortunately racism by hateful fans seems to be a common theme in soccer. FIFA does not address the issue in a meaningful way, so it just continues.

Hopefully a formal complaint is made. Having to set foot in Saudi Arabia, let alone play soccer in front of backwards fans is an ordeal for sure.

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That's something you just have to deal with, The more you react, the more happy you make the idiots

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The problem is that Japan are simply not good enough at the moment and the manager has lost whatever passion, energy and enthusiasm he had. Japan soccer needs a revamp and quickly.

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Good on Yoshida for standing up against this disgrace from Saudi fans. It took guts. Unfortunately racism by hateful fans seems to be a common theme in soccer. FIFA does not address the issue in a meaningful way, so it just continues. 

As a football fan and an Urawa Reds fan, I hope you do your bit to put racists in their place when you go to the games.

You can do your bit.

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Racism should not be tolerated in any sport.

Nikkan Sports reported that the nationality of midfielder Gaku Shibasaki, whose errant back pass let in Saudi Arabia for the winning goal, was briefly changed from Japanese to Saudi on his Wikipedia page.

That's pretty funny though.

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As a football fan and an Urawa Reds fan, I hope you do your bit to put racists in their place when you go to the games.

You can do your bit.

True. However, Urawa dealt with those handful of dropkicks over a decade ago when the racist sign incident occurred. They were banned, as should be all racists from sports events who choose to spew hatred and bigotry. Including these Saudis.

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He's the captain so he did what he ought to have done if he witnessed such 'discriminatory gestures'. There are still enough idiots in crowds at stadiums who don't realize that there are cameras everywhere.

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True. However, Urawa dealt with those handful of dropkicks over a decade ago when the racist sign incident occurred.

Banning them is no use because they still enter and watch games freely…there is no policing the fans entering stadiums! So, the fact remains that Urawa just banned them for publicity! Lots of racism exists in Japan so Yoshida accusing Saudi fans is more or less like kettle calling the pot black!

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What was the gesture, Black players had bananas, thrown at them in Europe, do this too a 300 pound player in the NFL, ,see what will happen to them, it obviously they were not drunk, alcohol is outlawed in Saudi Arabia

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Zichi , what do you know about American football, they planning a game in London ,you probably do not have the basis idea, what going on

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A short time ago.

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian football fans, officials, and former players have condemned the behavior of a minority of supporters who taunted Japan’s captain Maya Yoshida after his team’s 1-0 loss in Thursday’s World Cup qualifier in Jeddah.

The incident was filmed by a fan on his mobile phone and later posted on social media, leading to Saudi football followers launching a campaign on Twitter under the hashtag, Saudi fans apologize to Japan.

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Ibrahim Al-Qassem, secretary-general of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation on Friday took to Twitter to express his disappointment at what had happened.

“I have apologized to the general secretary of the Japanese Football Association and those segments of fans do not represent the Saudi community,” he said.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1944041/sport

We wait and watch, always, to see if trust can follow words very far into the future.

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Until I came to Japan I had always called it football, still do.

In Japan, and Japanese media, it is Soccer (サッカー)

Let us stick to "soccer", please.

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This is why players kneel on the pitch

Some spectators still never learn

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Football, of course !

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