Football: Japan FA sacks national coach Javier Aguirre over match-fixing claims

Japan's coach Javier Aguirre yelling instructions to his players during the Asian Cup football match between Japan and Jordan in Melbourne on Jan 20, 2015. Japan has sacked Aguirre over match-fixing claims from when he was the manager of Spanish side
Japan's coach Javier Aguirre yelling instructions to his players during the Asian Cup football match between Japan and Jordan in Melbourne on Jan 20, 2015. Japan has sacked Aguirre over match-fixing claims from when he was the manager of Spanish side Zaragoza in 2011. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's football authorities said on Tuesday they were sacking national coach Javier Aguirre, who is embroiled in match-fixing claims relating to a previous post in Spain.

"We came to think that we must avoid risks that these things affect the World Cup Asia qualifiers," Japan Football Association president Kuniya Daini told a nationally televised press conference.

"We have reached the decision to terminate the contract with coach Aguirre at this time."

Aguirre, who only signed on the dotted line with the Blue Samurai last year, has been under a cloud since claims emerged that he had been involved in fixing results when he was manager of Spanish side Zaragoza in 2011.

The 56-year-old took over in Japan after the World Cup with a record salary for a coach of the national team, earning an estimated US$2.45 (S$3.31 million) a year.

However, his side disappointed in the Asian Cup, flopping out of the competition in the quarter-finals.