NAGOYA (Kyodo) Two sumo stable masters face disciplinary action after they were found to have given senior underworld figures front-row tickets for a tournament last year.

Aichi police said more than 50 members of the Kodokai yakuza group watched matches during the 15-day Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament last July from front-row seats, for which tickets are normally allocated to major supporters who have made significant monetary contributions to the Japan Sumo Association.

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