Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Watanabe: Will Gomennasai Be Enough?

The Squirrels continue to hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, following the controversy over the published crowd figure for the Saitama Derby game on 2nd October. According to this story on the Nikkan Sports website, underfire Ardija president Seigo Watanabe visited J-League headquarters yesterday, Tuesday, to apologise for trouble caused and related bad publicity - and to request more time for the club to carry out their own internal investigation. While Omiya have evidently been under pressure from the J-League due to their poor contribution to the league's matchday attendance targets, Nikkan Sports nevertheless speculate that if found guilty of crowd-fixing Ardija will be heading for an unspecified punishment.

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4 comments:

Daniel 14 October 2010 at 02:25  

They do this kind of crap in the MLS on a weekly basis. We have tickets sold in advance (16,000) or so and about 12,000 only show up still they announce 16,000! It's a joke

Nerdy 14 October 2010 at 07:32  

I don`t see what the fuss is about. They said there were more people in the stadium than were actually there. So what?? How does this affect league standings, other teams or anything tangable whatsoever?? Omiya doesn`t gain any advantage by adding a few numbers and no other teams lose anything do they??

Furtho 14 October 2010 at 16:42  

Rest assured, gentlemen, that GGOA's resident conspiracy theorist Agent Orange is planning an article that will outline the his thoughts on the matter of why this current difficulty may spell serious disaster for Ardija.

Daniel 16 October 2010 at 03:40  

Does JLeague subsidize teams? If true padding your numbers is a major problem. If your team appears to be profitable when not then the league would be none the wiser.

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