The Japanese Football Association just announced that it was investigating a racist banner that appeared at a J-League match last weekend.
The banner, which read “Japanese Only” was written in English, and was initially speculated to be targeted towards South Korean-born striker Tadanari Lee (released from Southampton before the start of the season), and other Korean players in Sagan Tosu.
After the match, Urawa defender Tomoaki Makino tweeted after his team’s loss that “this is not the way to treat players who fight for this team with pride.”
I have never heard of these teams, since I’ve never watched J-League matches. However, I couldn’t agree with the defender more.
J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai told the media that the situation will be dealt in a “stern manner” if the banner is found to be discriminatory. The JFA had no immediate comment.
You can read more about the incident here:
Jae jumping in here. I’ve been following this story on Twitter since it broke, so I’ll add some things. The group that hung the banner has been identified and said that it was not aimed at Lee or Korean players. It was aimed at the increasing number of foreigners sitting/standing in the “hardcore” zone of fans. Hence why the banner was at the entrance into the stadium. The club, Urawa Reds, which is one of the biggest in Japan, has suspended the group (reportedly about 20 or so people) indefinitely. The league has handed Urawa a one-game stadium ban as a punishment. Generally speaking, the club and league have said all the right things. They have spoken about how the incident has greatly damaged the club and league’s reputation, and how serious the whole thing is. Both have pledged to be more careful and thorough in reviewing any banners/signs/flags that are brought into stadiums in the future.
Champions League: Leverkusen were dumped from the CL by PSG on Wednesday after a 2-1 win. Son did not start the match – subbed in for Castro in the 67th minute.
Jeremy Paek – Tavern Contributing Writer
Tavern Owner intruding > I’m going to add the weekend listing to this. We’re going to Korean Footballers Abroad (all times are in US EST / TV listed for US)
|Friday||3:30 PM||Hong Jeong Ho||Augsburg||Schalke||GolTV|
|Friday||3:30 PM||Ji Dong Won||Augsburg||Schalke||GolTV|
|Saturday||10:30 AM||Koo Ja Cheol||Mainz||TSG Hoffenheim||None|
|Saturday||10:30 AM||Park Joo Ho||Mainz||TSG Hoffenheim||None|
|Saturday||11:00 AM||Lee Chung Yong||Bolton||Brighton||None|
|Saturday||11:00 AM||Kim Bo Kyung||Cardiff City||@Everton||NBC Extra Time|
|Saturday||11:00 AM||Ki Sung Yueng||Sunderland||Crystal Palace||NBCSN|
|Saturday||11:00 AM||Park Chu Young||Watford||Barnsley||None|
|Saturday||1:30 PM||Son Heung Min||Bayer Leverkusen||@Bayern Munich||GolTV|
|Saturday||1:45 PM||Park Ji Sung||PSV Eindhoven||@Vitesse Arnhem||GolTV|
K League Classic
- The weekend listing title is a misnomer as there is a game today – with Ji and Hong possibly seeing some action today for Augsburg – tough opponents with Schalke visiting.
- Watford twittersphere indicated the Park Chu-Young may have recovered from his injuries to appear in uniform for the Hornets on Saturday.
- Not listed: Yun Suk-Young (qpr) and Ryu Seung-Woo (bayer leverkusen) – though both have been on the radar for their respective clubs in recent weeks.
- Didn’t want to forget the Korean Women’s National Team – as indicated by Tavern patron AnJrue – that team just got 3rd place in the Cyprus Women’s Cup by beating Scotland in a game that went to penalties. http://www.cypruswomenscup.net/#!fixtures/c1nhz
- Stay tuned – there will be a post soon about Park Joo-Ho – he’s leaving Mainz to go serve in the Korean military at the end of the season – presumably joining Sangmu Sangju in the K-League Classic. We will revisit the conundrum facing Korean football with the mandatory military conscription issue which I wrote about in January for In Bed With Maradona. In that article, I listed one template that could balance national security needs and still work out means to further the national football program – but is there another possible solution to the problem that has held back some Koreans from advancing their careers further? Stay tuned…
Incheon United vs Jeonbuk Motors 1 am
Busan I’Park vs Pohang Steelers 1 am
Seongnam vs Seoul 3 am
Ulsan vs Gyeongnam 1 am
Suwon Bluewings vs Sangju Sangmu 1 am
Jeonnam Dragons vs Jeju United 3 am