Japan's Okubo banned for trashing advertising board
04 September 2014, 15:47
Tokyo - Japan's World Cup striker Yoshito Okubo has been banned for two games by the J-League after smashing an advertising board in a fit of pique during a match last weekend, officials said Thursday.
The suspension completes a double-whammy for the Kawasaki Frontale player after being dropped by Japan coach Javier Aguirre for the Mexican's first game in charge against Uruguay on Friday and Tuesday's friendly with Venezuela.
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Okubo, who has a reputation for having a short fuse, kicked the hoarding in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Nagoya Grampus, prompting the J-League's disciplinary committee to charge him with destruction of property.
The 32-year-old will miss games against Tokushima Vortis and FC Tokyo following the international break.
His suspension comes less than a week after J-League rivals Yokohama F-Marinos were hit with a $48,000 fine after a supporter racially abused a black player by waving a banana during a game against Frontale.