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Faced with a minefield in the aftermath of last weekend’s abandoned top-of-the-table clash between Kashima Antlers and Kawasaki Frontale, the J. League deserves credit for guiding a sure-footed path toward steadier ground.

Referee Masayoshi Okada halted Saturday’s match with second-place Frontale leading first-place Antlers 3-1 with only 15 minutes left to go as rain turned the pitch at Kashima Stadium into a marsh, then ruled that play could not continue after inspecting the surface further.

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