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College football body OKs return of Nihon Univ. after dirty tackle suspension

TOKYO -- The Kantoh Collegiate Football Association approved at a Jan. 9 board meeting the return from April of Nihon University's American football team following suspension after a dirty tackle incident last year.

The team was suspended from the collegiate league in fiscal 2018 over a dangerous late tackle against a Kwansei Gakuin University quarterback in May. The association concluded that former Nihon University head coach Masato Uchida ordered linebacker Taisuke Miyagawa to carry out the dirty hit. The association also approved the return of Miyagawa.

A working group at the football body determined that the team's leadership had improved. The task force also recognized the university's reform efforts, such as the establishment of a department to oversee its sports clubs and therefore decided to lift the punishment.

(Japanese original by Akira Matsumoto, Sports News Department)

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