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Japan FA condemns ‘shameful’ racist abuse of goalkeeper

Japan’s football association has strongly condemned the disgraceful actions of fans who directed racial abuse at goalkeeper Zion Suzuki following Japan’s defeat in the Asian Cup.

The 21-year-old, with a mixed heritage, became the target of racial abuse on social media after his performance in the match.

The president of the Japanese Football Association, Kozo Tashima, expressed a zero-tolerance approach to such behavior, emphasizing the organization’s commitment to eradicating racism from the sport.

Tashima underscored the contradictory nature of this abusive behavior with the values of a society that respects diversity, labeling it as an invasion of human rights and privacy, reflecting shameful conduct.