Marinos fined for banana wave

Japanese football club punished after fan waved banana at Brazil striker Renato during league match.

    The Marinos fan has been banned for life [Getty Images]
    The Marinos fan has been banned for life [Getty Images]

    Japan's Yokohama Marinos club have been slapped with a $48,179 fine after a fan made a racist gesture during last Saturday's match against Kawasaki Frontale at their Mitsuzawa Stadium, local media reported.

    A Marinos supporter was seen on television waving a banana at Kawasaki's Brazilian striker Renato during the 2-0 home win and the teenager was subsequently identified and banned indefinitely by the red-faced club.

    In March, the J.League ordered Urawa Red Diamonds to play a home match behind closed doors after a banner daubed with the words 'Japanese Only' was displayed by one of the club's fans in the fixture against Sagan Tosu.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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