Seven players from the Japanese national team are set to be reprimanded for violating team regulations by indulging in a drinking binge and acting improperly during a training camp in Kashima last month.
Japan Football Association (JFA) president Saburo Kawabuchi on Monday received a report on the incident from national team director Atsushi Nomiyama and said he will leave it to Japan coach Zico, JFA technical director Kozo Tashima and Nomiyama to decide what form of punishment to give the players.
A decision will be reached after Tashima returns on Sunday from the United Arab Emirates where he is with the Japan Under-23 team for the final round of Asian qualifiers for the Athens Olympics.
The weekly magazine “Shukan Gendai” reported in an article on Monday that the seven players, including midfielder Mitsuo Ogasawara and strikers Tatsuhiko Kubo and Yoshito Okubo, verbally abused and sexually harassed female staff, threw sushi and caused trouble with other customers at a bar in Kashima on Feb. 9.
Zico said he had “not given immediate thought” as to how the players would be dealt with, but added “if each of the players had a sense of responsibility as professionals the incident would never have happened.”
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