The head of the Japan Sports Agency has accused a university player of American football of carrying out a dangerous tackle and is calling for measures to prevent a recurrence.
The incident occurred during a match between Nihon University and Kwansei Gakuin University held in Tokyo on May 6th.
A Kwansei Gakuin player suffered injuries when he was tackled by an opponent from behind even after passing the ball. He was forced to leave the field during the game.
Kwansei Gakuin officials say the player suffered injuries to the knee and other areas that will require 3 weeks to heal, and is experiencing numbness in his left leg.
At a news conference on Monday, Japan Sports Agency chief Daichi Suzuki described the act by the Nihon University player as shocking and called it an extremely dangerous tackle.
Suzuki said such a dangerous foul should not be tolerated, and it's necessary to look into the facts and background in order to prevent a recurrence.
Kwansei Gakuin officials say the tackle was made to intentionally hurt another player, and was an extremely dangerous and vicious foul.
They also referred to comments made by Nihon University's head coach, claiming they could be interpreted to mean such an act was permissible. They have sent a letter of protest to Nihon University, demanding an apology to the injured player and a retraction of the head coach's comments.
Nihon University's American football team published an apology on its website. It says the team is deeply sorry for causing a serious concern and inconvenience. It also says the team is taking the incident seriously, and will push for thorough training of students to prevent it from happening again.