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American football dirty tackle victim files complaint with police

In this image taken from video and provided by Kwansei Gakuin University, a Kwansei Gakuin quarterback, center, is tackled from behind by a Nihon University player during an American football game on May 6, 2018 in Tokyo.

OSAKA -- The victim of a dirty tackle by a Nihon University (Nichidai) American football team player in a recent match filed a complaint with Osaka Prefectural Police alleging the act effectively constituted a criminal assault, investigative sources told the Mainichi on May 21.

The Metropolitan Police Department is likely to lead the probe as the match took place in the Tokyo suburb of Chofu on May 6 between Nichidai and Kwansei Gakuin University.

The victim, a Kwansei quarterback, was injured when the Nichidai player tackled him from behind a while after he had released the ball. He had to withdraw from the rest of the game as he was diagnosed to have sustained injuries that would take about three weeks to heal.

Nichidai head coach Masato Uchida apologized for the tackle and expressed his intention to resign on May 19. The father of the victim, however, indicated his dissatisfaction about the handling of the case in a statement released on May 20. "No one has explained why the Nichidai player made such a play and (Uchida) has not spoken about whether or not he ordered it, so I cannot say that I am satisfied with the handling of the incident," the father said.

(Japanese original by Takuya Murata and Haruka Ito, Osaka City News Department)

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