Short Sport, October 17, 2012

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 October, 2012, 12:01am

Nuclear joke about goalie upsets Japanese

Japan reacted angrily to a French television host who showed a composite picture of national team goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima with four arms and made a joke about the "Fukushima effect". Praising Kawashima's performance in Japan's 1-0 win over France in a soccer friendly last Friday, Laurent Ruquier's wisecrack prompted laughter and applause in the studio. Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura yesterday called Ruquier's remark, a reference to last year's nuclear crisis in Fukushima, "inappropriate". He added that the Japanese embassy in France had sent a letter of protest to the television station France 2. Fujimura said the letter pointed out the remark "hurts the feelings of people affected by the disaster and hinders efforts for reconstruction". Reuters

UK to ask for new Hillsborough inquests

The deaths of 96 soccer fans in the Hillsborough stadium tragedy should be reinvestigated after a damning report last month into the emergency services' role in Britain's worst sporting disaster, the government's chief legal officer said yesterday. Attorney General Dominic Grieve said he planned to apply to the High Court to quash the "accidental death" verdicts reached at the original inquest. The Liverpool supporters died after a crush in an overcrowded terrace at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield in 1989 during an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest. An independent inquiry concluded last month police tried to deflect the blame onto fans to cover up their own incompetence. Reuters

All Blacks' Nonu takes Otago over Japan

All Blacks centre Ma'a Nonu said yesterday he planned to switch to the Otago Highlanders for the 2013 Super 15 season, ending his one-year stint with the Auckland Blues. Nonu cited family reasons for the move, quashing speculation the 30-year-old would wind down his career with a lucrative move to Japan in the wake of last year's Rugby World Cup victory. "It's got nothing to do with the Blues, it is a decision I have made for myself and my family," the 71-test veteran said, adding contract details still had to be finalised. Blues coach John Kirwan said he was disappointed with Nonu's decision, believing he had a handshake deal with him to stay in Auckland. "I am disappointed," Kirwan said. "But we are going to have a young, exciting team and we'll move on." AFP