Coach in Japan denies telling players to commit fouls

Kwansei Gakuin head coach Hideaki Toriuchi speaks during a press conference in Nishinomiya, western Japan Thursday, May 17, 2018. The head coach of Nihon University football team has denied instructing his players to commit fouls against opponents after footage of a controversial tackle went viral. In the video played widely on Japanese television, a Kwansei Gakuin quarterback is blindsided with a late hit by a Nihon University player in the May 6 game. (Koki Sengoku/Kyodo News via AP)
Kwansei Gakuin head coach Hideaki Toriuchi, right, and the team football director Hiromu Ono attend a press conference in Nishinomiya, western Japan Thursday May 17, 2018. The head coach of Nihon University football team has denied instructing his players to commit fouls against opponents after footage of a controversial tackle went viral. In the video played widely on Japanese television, a Kwansei Gakuin quarterback is blindsided with a late hit by a Nihon University player in the May 6 game. (Keiji Uesyo/Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO — The head coach of a Japanese college football team has denied instructing his players to commit fouls against opponents after footage of a controversial tackle went viral.

In the video played widely on Japanese television, a Kwansei Gakuin quarterback is blindsided with a late hit by a Nihon University player in the May 6 game.

The hit occurred long after the quarterback released a pass. Japanese media reported the quarterback sustained ligament damage in his spine and injuries to his right knee and will need at least three weeks to recover.

The player who made the hit also committed two other fouls and was thrown out of the game.

Japanese media reported that Nihon University head coach Masato Uchida told his players to commit fouls, a claim the university's communication department has denied.

The Kanto Collegiate Football Association has canceled three of Nihon University's preseason games scheduled between Sunday and June 10.

The hit drew the attention of the Japan Sports Agency which has launched an inquiry. The head of the JSA, Daichi Suzuki, described the hit as "a dangerous act" that "merited a straight red card."

Must Read

Nadal, Federer cruise into Shanghai Masters quarterfinals

Oct 12, 2017

Rafael Nadal has won his 14th consecutive match to reach the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals,...

Pavlyuchenkova, Gavrilova advance to Hong Kong semis

Oct 13, 2017

The highest ranked player left in the Hong Kong Open, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia has beaten...

Nadal, Federer advance to Shanghai final for 38th encounter

Oct 14, 2017

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will face each for the 38th time after advancing to the Shanghai...

Federer beats Nadal to win Shanghai Masters title

Oct 15, 2017

Roger Federer extended his winning streak over Rafael Nadal this year to four matches after beating...

Chinese court hands US football coach 4-year prison sentence

Jun 28, 2018

A Chinese court sentenced former American football player Wendell Brown to four years in prison for...

AseanCoverage is a next-gen news site focusing exclusively on online news from South East Asia.

Contact us: sales[at]aseancoverage.com