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Saudi Arabia and Japan: Saudis tweet in Japanese an apology for insulting the captain of the Japanese national team

Saudi Arabia and Japan: Saudis tweet in Japanese an apology for insulting the captain of the Japanese national team

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The Japanese national football team captain, Maya Yoshida, was insulted by some Saudi fans after his team’s match against the Saudi national team, sparking a wave of anger and condemnation on social media in Saudi Arabia.

Video footage showed Yoshida, who was angry, while exchanging words with fans of the Saudi national team, who appeared to mock him during a television interview after the match.

The captain of the Japanese national football team said that the Saudi fans made “racist gestures” in a match held on Thursday, which saw Saudi Arabia defeat its guest Japan 1-0 in the World Cup qualifiers.

The player was quoted by the Japanese press as saying: “There were racist gestures (without specifying them) that’s hard to accept. It happened in the last qualifiers as well. It’s disappointing.”