• Kyodo


The J. League on Thursday slapped Shimizu S-Pulse with a ¥2 million fine after a controversial banner unfurled at the Shizuoka derby on May 28 against Jubilo Iwata sparked clashes between rival supporters.

Two teenage Jubilo supporters were banned from Iwata games indefinitely for a slur against Afshin Ghotbi, the Iranian-American manager of Shimizu. They hung a banner at the match saying “To Ghotbi, stop making nuclear weapons” at the match at S-Pulse’s Outsourcing Stadium, triggering scuffles among fans.

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