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Friday, Nov. 6, 2009

Kawasaki to return Nabisco Cup cash

KAWASAKI (Kyodo) J. League leaders Kawasaki Frontale decided Thursday to hand back their ¥50 million runners-up prize following criticism over player behavior during the Nabisco Cup final award ceremony.

Kawasaki, beaten 2-0 by FC Tokyo at National Stadium on Tuesday, has slapped defender Yusuke Mori with a suspension for chewing gum during the ceremony, while three senior Frontale officials, including team president Shimpei Takeda, will take a 10 percent pay cut for three months.

Other players took off their medals during the ceremony and refused to shake hands with VIPs.

Takeda and Frontale skipper Hiroki Ito paid a visit to J. League chairman Kenji Onitake the same day to apologize.

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