Saudi Arabia apologizes for football fan incident

The Japan Football Association said its Saudi Arabian counterpart has apologized for what Japan's captain described as discriminatory gestures by some Saudi fans.

The Saudi Arabian team defeated Japan 1-0 in Thursday's World Cup qualifying game in Jeddah. The JFA said the gestures came after the match while Yoshida Maya was being interviewed near the pitch.

Yoshida said only that the gestures were unacceptable without elaborating, and that it also happened after the last qualifiers in the country.

The JFA said the Saudi Arabian Football Federation apologized for what happened, and said it will strictly punish the supporters who made the gestures.

JFA General Secretary and CEO Suhara Kiyotaka said that although the incident was highly regrettable and should not have happened, the Saudi side acted quickly.

Suhara said he assumes no further action will be taken, and he quoted Yoshida as saying he will put his anger behind him and focus on the next game.