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The Japan Sumo Association’s special investigative committee recommended Monday that stablemaster Matsugane be demoted for receiving lodgings in Osaka for the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament from a company president connected to gangsters.

The panel also recommended that Matsugane be suspended until the end of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament that gets under way Sunday in Tokyo.

The sumo association is to decide the level of Matsugane’s demotion at an executive board meeting Wednesday.

Two wrestlers from the Matsugane stable who were found to have been involved in baseball gambling after the Nagoya basho in July also appear headed for suspensions.

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