Nadeshiko avoids sanction after draw

Kyodo

Soccer’s world governing body FIFA said Wednesday it would not start disciplinary proceedings against women’s world champion Japan after coach Norio Sasaki instructed his team to try not to beat South Africa in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at the London Games.

Sasaki told his players not to press for a winner in order to stay in Cardiff and not to have to move to Glasgow for their quarterfinal.

“The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has this afternoon reviewed comments made by Japan’s women’s head coach Norio Sasaki at the post-match press conference, following the conclusion of their Group F match against South Africa in Cardiff yesterday afternoon. Following this analysis, there are no sufficient elements to start disciplinary proceedings,” FIFA said.