Kaetsu apologises over banana incident




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Yokohama Marinos president, Akira KaetsuYokohama Marinos president, Akira Kaetsu apologised profusely on Monday after one of the club’s fans waved a banana at Kawasaki Frontale’s Brazilian striker, Renato on Saturday, describing the act as ‘unforgivable’.
Marinos banned the supporter indefinitely after the teenager was identified by club officials when the footage went viral.
“I’d like apologise to the members and staff of Kawasaki Frontale and their families. I’m very sorry about this incident,” Kaetsu told reporters in Tokyo on Monday.
“It’s unforgivable. We will tolerate any acts of discrimination.[eap_ad_2]
“The fan is denying that he had any racist intentions, but we explained that while you not think so, people perceive it differently.”
The incident comes five months after fellow J.League outfit Urawa Reds were forced to play a game at an empty stadium as punishment for their fans unveiling a banner deemed discriminatory.
J.League Mitsuru Murai promised swift action.
“It’s very regretful that such provocative behaviour was seen again despite our efforts to prevent such provocative jeering in stadiums,” he said.
“I want to take into overall account, the changes since and the way clubs handle (these situations). I want a quick decision.”  (supersport.com)[eap_ad_3]