22 October 2018 - 14 Heshvan 5779 - י"ד חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Japanese soccer fans banned over “Nazi” flag E-mail
Japan’s J-League team Gamba Osaka has banned dozens of fans indefinitely after a flag similar to the Nazi SS insignia was waved during a J-League soccer match.

The flag, which bore a double “S” in the style of the Nazi paramilitary force, was seen during Gamba’s 2-2 draw against city rivals Cerezo Osaka on 16 April.

Gamba said on its website that it has told the supporters’ group responsible to disband, and that all banners were also prohibited indefinitely. “We spotted the group, which comprises about 60 to 70 people,” team spokesman Kenji Okunaga said.

“Most of them are Japanese but it also includes some foreigners.” He added that although the supporters’ group did not have any political intentions, “they were the same one to whom we issued a warning over a similar incident back in 2014. So we decided to take these measures,” Okunaga added.

The J-League prohibits displays of any kind linked to political ideology, religion or race, and also bans racial and other forms of discrimination.
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