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Football: Urawa Reds punished for fans' 'Japanese Only' banner

Published on Mar 13, 2014 5:06 PM

(REUTERS) - The J-League has ordered Urawa Red Diamonds to play an upcoming home football match behind closed doors owing to a banner deemed as discriminatory being displayed by one of their fans in a recent home game.

A Reds fan displayed the banner on Saturday which had the words "Japanese Only" written on it, with the club fielding an all-Japanese line-up against Sagan Tosu in the match.

"There are various ways of determining what constitutes discrimination," league chairman Mitsuru Murai was quoted as saying by the Kyodo news agency on Thursday.

"But what is important is not so much why discrimination occurs, but how the victim perceives it and in this case, the acts must be considered nothing short of discriminatory.

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