Belgian Soccer Match halted after Fukushima taunts from Fans to Japanese Player - How sick can you get?

Comment: I hope the authorities use video footage to find, catch and ban those 'Sicko Thicko's' from all future matches - as the Poms do with their Hooligans!

Bloody Disgraceful!


The Belgian top-flight encounter between Germinal Beerschot and Lierse on Saturday was halted by the referee after Lierse goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima was taunted with chants about the Fukushima disaster.

Lierse had gone a goal up when visiting Beerschot fans threw a projectile in the direction of Japanese international ‘keeper Kawashima before insulting him with chants of “Kawashima-Fukushima! Kawashima-Fukushima!” the Belga agency reported.

Following protests by Kawashima, the referee decided to bring play to a halt for several minutes until order was restored.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw, but Kawashima, 28, left the pitch at full-time in tears, and spoke of his anger at the chants.

“I am prepared to forget about a lot of things, but not that. It is not remotely funny,” he said.

Kawashima has visited parts of the region which was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

The natural disaster also caused major damage at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima.

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