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Embattled Japan manager Javier Aguirre will hold a news conference to offer an explanation regarding match-fixing charges that have been leveled at him in Spain, the Japan Football Association announced on Sunday when its board of trustees met.

Arrangements are being made so the news conference can be held before Aguirre’s squad is to begin training for next month’s Asian Cup on Dec. 29. The Mexican coach has not appeared in public since Spanish prosecutors named him among 41 individuals last week in a report into the alleged rigging of a Spanish League clash between Levante and his former club Zaragoza in May 2011.

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