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Japan women's coach escapes FIFA action for telling players not to win match

08/01/2012 01:03 EDT | Updated 10/01/2012 05:12 EDT
LONDON - FIFA says Japan women's team coach Norio Sasaki won't be disciplined for instructing his players not to win a match at the London Olympics.

The decision came as four women's badminton doubles teams were disqualified from the Olympics for deliberately losing group matches to manipulate their quarter-finals pairings.

Sasaki told reporters in a FIFA-organized news conference after a 0-0 draw with South Africa on Tuesday that he did not want his team travelling to Scotland for a quarter-final on Friday.

The result meant Japan stayed in Cardiff, Wales, and will play Brazil on Friday instead.

Football's international governing body says its disciplinary committee studied Sasaki's comments and "there are no sufficient elements to start disciplinary proceedings" for corruption or "unlawfully influencing match results."

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