Urawa removes discriminatory banner from stadium

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TOKYO (AP) - Japanese club Urawa Reds have removed a banner from their home stadium over fears the sign could be considered racist.

The banner, which was next to an entrance gate, had the words “Japanese Only” written on it but was taken down before Saturday’s home game against Sagan Tosu.

A statement on the team’s official website read: “As far as the club is concerned, racist language or behavior is totally inexcusable.”

It was not known who put the sign up but the team said they are “working to establish the facts of the incident.”

Most teams in the J-League have foreign players on their roster but Urawa did not have a single foreigner in its squad for Saturday’s match which Urawa lost 1-0.

The team is coached by Serbian Mihailo Petrovic.

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