Four players of the Japanese national basketball team have been sent home after they “spent the night in a hotel with women.”Japanese delegation head Yasuhiro Yamashita confirmed on Monday that the athletes have been kicked out due to their actions. The players were even made to pay for their return flights home.Yamashita told a news conference that the four players met up with the women after eating and drinking and were easily identified by wearing Japan-emblazoned shirts in an entertainment district.Asian Games 2018: Full Coverage”I met with the athletes and they deeply regret what they did,” Yamashita said. “I apologize from the bottom of my heart as the head of the delegation.”The incident took place after Japan’s 82-71 win over Qatar in a group-stage game last Thursday. Japan lost its first game against Taiwan 71-65.Asian Games 2018 Day 2 Live UpdatesJapanese Olympic officials said they learned of the incident after a newspaper published photographs of the players out on the town.The JOC identified the four as Takuya Hashimoto, Keita Imamura, Yuya Nagayoshi, and Takuma Sato, and said the players had to pay for their own flights home from Jakarta.The JOC said the players’ behavior was a “clear breach of the team’s conduct code, which specifies athletes are to be role models.”The eight remaining players in the Japan squad have a game against Hong Kong on Wednesday.(With AP inputs)
Transfers Juventus turn down Fellaini after being offered Man Utd midfielder Romeo Agresti Last updated 1 year ago 00:00 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Transfers Juventus Manchester United Premier League Serie A The midfielder rejected United’s recent contract offer and his agent has held talks with the Serie A outfit, only to be told they are not interested Marouane Fellaini’s agent has approached Juventus over a possible move, but the Serie A champions are not interested in signing him, Goal understands.The Belgium international’s contract with United expires at the end of the season and the midfielder recently rejected an offer to extend the deal.Fellaini 9/4 to score v Newcastle Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player United are not giving up on the 29-year-old, however, and have no interest in selling him in January.Fellaini has become a regular under Jose Mourinho, scoring four goals from nine games in all competitions this term, and the manager is likely to put pressure on the club to ensure he stays.That has not stopped the former Everton man from beginning his search for a new club and sees Turin as a possible destination.Sources with the Italian side have told Goal that Fellaini’s representative has discussed a potential deal, but has been knocked back as the Turin side are targeting other options.Massimiliano Allegri’s side are looking to add to their midfield in the near future, but they have no plans of going for Fellaini and are are instead prioritising Emre Can and 22-year-old Leon Goretzka – both of whom are also out of contract at the end of the season.Although Juve director Giuseppe Marotta recently distanced the club from making a January move for Liverpool’s Can, the Bianconeri will try to lure him away on a free signing in the summer. If the Germany international renews his contract at Anfield, they will make a push to snap up Schalke star and Bayern Munich target Goretzka.