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Kawasaki Slammed As Bad Loser

KAWASAKI Frontale has been told to keep the US$5.5 million prize money the Japanese club offered to return after its players were given a public dressing down for unsporting behavior following its J-League Cup final defeat.

Japan Football Association president Saburo Kawabuchi was among those who slammed Kawasaki for being "bad losers" after its 0-2 defeat by FC Tokyo last week.

Some Frontale players chewed gum as they went up the steps to receive their losers medals with several quickly taking them off on the way down and refusing to shake hands with dignitaries.

The team suspended defender Yusuke Mori for at least one game for chewing gum, while Kawasaki president Shimpei Takeda took a 10 percent pay cut for three months.

However, J-League chairman Kenji Onitake refused to conduct a witch hunt and insisted there would be no formal punishment handed to the team other than a reprimand. He said the J-League would not accept Kawasaki's offer to return its prize money but ordered it to use it to promote soccer and better educating its players.

"It was a significant gesture from Frontale," he told Japanese media. "What is important is that it does not happen again."


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