OSAKA (Kyodo) The influenza outbreak in western Japan popped a popular Hanshin Tigers cheering routine Tuesday as the team decided to suspend sales of “jet balloons” at its home stadium to avoid the risk of spreading the new virus.

The club said it would suspend sales of balloons at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, and urged supporters not to release them into the air Sunday when they play the Chiba Lotte Marines.

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