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J-League club Gamba Osaka fined for fans' banner with swastika-like logo

Gamba Osaka fans
Gamba Osaka fans landed their side in hot water.

TOKYO -- The J-League fined first division side Gamba Osaka $17,500 on Thursday after a group of supporters displayed a banner with a logo resembling a Nazi symbol during a match last month.

The banner, which resembled a symbol derived from the SS of Nazi Germany, was displayed at the team's April 16 match away to crosstown rivals Cerezo Osaka.

After the incident, Gamba said that members of the group have been banned from games indefinitely.

Kawasaki Frontale was fined $15,000 last week by the Asian...

 By Paul Murphy

Maya Yoshida wishes Chanathip well on move to Japan from Thailand

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts recap the big wins for Japan, South Korea and Iran in AFC World Cup qualifying.
Jason Dasey and Stanely Bernard discuss Thailand's future after winning their record fifth AFF Cup.

SAITAMA -- Japan centre-back Maya Yoshida hopes Chanathip Songkrasin can help lift Thai football to greater heights after the Muang Thong United playmaker joins J.League side Consadole Sapporo in July.

Southampton man Yoshida was on target in the Samurai Blue's 4-0 victory over Thailand in Tuesday's Group B 2018 World Cup qualifier in Saitama. Despite the scoreline, the defender was not impressed by his side's performance. Yet he found the time to give Chanathip -- fondly known as "Messi J" across...

 By John Duerden

Iran, Japan and South Korea victorious in AFC World Cup qualifiers

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts recap the big wins for Japan, South Korea and Iran in AFC World Cup qualifying.

Iran moved to within a single victory of the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday with a 1-0 win over China in front of 100,000 fans at the Azadi Stadium.

Medhi Taremi's goal early in the second half broke stiff Chinese resistance and put Carlos Queiroz's men on 17 points from seven games in the third round of qualification with three games left to play. With the top two from Group A and B heading to Russia next summer, Iran are now within touching distance of the finals.

Zeng Cheng was a busy man in the...

 By Paul Murphy

Thailand sign MOU with Japan, want to learn from Samurai Blue success

Thailand signs football MOU with Japan
Thailand's Somyot Poompanmoung and his Japanese counterpart Kohzo Tashima signed the MOU in Tokyo on Tuesday.

The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) is aiming to learn some of the secrets of Japan's success, as the War Elephants turn their attention to a place at a future World Cup.

The FAT formed a strategic partnership with the Japanese Football Association (JFA) by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the day of their World Cup qualifier in Saitama.

While Thailand's hopes of qualifying for Russia 2018 are all but over after a miserable start to their Group B campaign, they are looking...