J-League Shames Team for Racist Banner in Most Badass Way Possible

While we’re sure there are admittedly few of these people out there, anyone who likes to follow “Japan is racist” news has probably already heard about the Urawa Reds soccer team incident. A group of fans placed a “Japanese Only” banner outside an entrance to a section of stands during a recent game, drawing the ire of some human rights watchdogs; especially in light of the fact that team management failed to remove the banner and, after the incident went public, even defended the fans by speculating that they “probably meant ‘Japanese Language Only.'”

While that scenario is obviously incredibly unlikely, given that all conversations taking place during soccer games are a combination of fight songs and wild grunts that are unrecognizable as any actual language, even the most optimistic Japanophiles admitted that it was unlikely the team or offending fans would see any real repercussions.

That all changed when the J-League unleashed an incredible Zinedine Zidane headbutt-level can of whoopass on all involved in the incident, banning the fans who posted the sign for life, forcing the Reds to play their next game in an empty stadium, and banning Reds team supporters from displaying banners of any kind for the foreseeable future. 

A far cry from the, "Hey, you guys cut that out, please," we were expecting. (Via Shutterstock)

A far cry from the, “Hey, you guys cut that out, please,” we were expecting.
(Via Shutterstock)

We would have also liked the Urawa Reds team coach forced to wear a chicken costume for the remainder of the season, but we feel the punishment doled out is both sufficiently harsh and conducive to creating an environment in which all races can enjoy a game of soccer in Japan – which, we must point out, was imported into the country from Europe in the first place.

2 thoughts on “J-League Shames Team for Racist Banner in Most Badass Way Possible

  1. Good that the J-League took these measures.
    Urawa Reds has the most fanatic supporters in Japan. Still surprised why the club and their supporters allowed these banners. Urawa’s past successes were driven for a major part by foreign players (Guido Buchwald, Zeljko Petrovic and many others) and managers (13 of the 20 since 1993 were foreign). They are also affiliated with Bayern Munich who might not be too impressed by this either.

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