World Cup: Japan to complain to FIFA after lasers target players


Thu, Mar 28, 2013 - Page 18

The Japan Football Association (JFA) will complain to FIFA that two of their players were targeted by laser beams from the crowd during their shock loss to Jordan in a World Cup qualifier, Japanese media reported yesterday.

According to Kyodo news agency, a laser was trained on Yasuhito Endo when he was preparing to take a late penalty, while goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima was also targeted at the King Abdullah International Stadium.

“We will make a complaint,” Kyodo quoted JFA president Kuniya Daini as saying.

Endo said he was dazzled even before he stepped up for the penalty-kick in the 71st minute.

“It wasn’t just the penalty, there were other times in the game, too, but it [the laser beam] didn’t really affect me,” the 33-year-old midfielder told the news agency. “I was focused and tried to place the ball where I wanted to put it, but the goalkeeper read it.”

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni was also angry after two Jordan players made provocative gestures toward him, the report said.

“I’m not the kind of coach that likes to be provoked and threatened,” Kyodo quoted him as saying.