Japan coach won't be disciplined for telling players not to win
Japan women's soccer coach won't be disciplined for telling his players not to win
Norio Sasaki wanted his team to draw to avoid playing a quarterfinal in Scotland
The 0-0 result against South Africa means the Japanese will play Brazil in Wales
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 quarterfinals 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 traveling to Scotland for a quarterfinal 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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