OITA (Kyodo) Cash-strapped Oita Trinita will ask the J. League for financial assistance following the Kyushu club’s recent relegation to the second division, Oita said Wednesday.

Oita plans to borrow from a special J. League fund set up for clubs in financial difficulties, making it the first team from the top flight to be bailed out of trouble. Oita did not divulge the amount but it is thought to be in the region of ¥200 million.

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