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J-League game briefly stopped after fans upset goalkeeper

March 10, 2018

TOKYO (AP) — A J-League match between Kashiwa Reysol and Cerezo Osaka was briefly stopped on Saturday when Osaka’s South Korean goalkeeper Kim Jin-Hyeon complained of fan abuse.

As he was about to take a goal kick in the second half, Kim appeared agitated and turned to Kashiwa fans behind the goal. Referee Yudai Yamamoto stopped the game while a Kashiwa player went over to talk to the fans. Play resumed five minutes later and the match finished in a 1-1 draw.

Kashiwa officials said afterward that there were reports of fans making racist gestures but nothing had shown up after checking video from security cameras.

Last year, Gamba Osaka banned a group of fans who displayed a banner with a logo resembling a Nazi symbol during a J-League game at rival Cerezo Osaka.

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