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Japan women's team avoid action over 'engineered' result

Women's World champions Japan will not face FIFA penalties after their coach, Norio Sasaki, admitted he had wanted to avoid a result which would have meant his team playing their Olympic quarter-final in Glasgow. Japan's 0-0 draw with South Africa in Cardiff meant they will now meet Brazil in the Welsh city rather than travel all the way up to Scotland.

A FIFA statement read: "The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee (Marcel Mathier of Switzerland) has this afternoon reviewed comments made by Japan's women's head coach Norio Sasaki at the post-match press conference, following the conclusion of their Group F match against South Africa in Cardiff yesterday afternoon.

"Following this analysis, there are no sufficient elements to start disciplinary proceedings."

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