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No J-League action after racist probe

JAPAN'S J-League will take no punitive measures after Tokyo Verdy's Brazilian striker Leandro's claim that an opponent had called him a "chimpanzee".

The J-League's disciplinary committee launched an investigation into the accusations of racist taunts after Verdy's midweek second division game with Ventforet Kofu. Verdy expressed disappointment yesterday after J-League officials said they were unable to verify Leandro's claims Kofu defender Arata Sugiyama had called him a "chimpanzee". Leandro was booked at the final whistle for protesting too little injury time and complained Sugiyama had racially abused him then.


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