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Kobe baseball powerhouse sacks manager who allegedly called player with COVID 'germ'

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KOBE -- A manager of a baseball club at a senior high school in this western Japan city was fired on Sept. 9 for verbally abusing young teachers and allegedly calling a club member who contracted the coronavirus a "germ."

    Takigawa Daini Senior High School in Kobe's Nishi Ward announced that between April and May, the 52-year-old manager attached the word "germ" to the end of the name of a club member who had contracted the virus. He reportedly also scolded two teachers in charge of the club in front of other members, saying things including, "Quit teaching."

    Though the manager denied calling the student a "germ," the school confirmed he had used abusive language after interviewing club members. The school had submitted a report to the Japan High School Baseball Federation on Sept. 2. Vice Principal Shingo Kadotani explained, "We strictly dealt with the matter."

    The school is a high school baseball powerhouse, appearing in seven spring and summer "Koshien" high school baseball tournaments and championships. The manager is an alumnus of the school, and had been in command of the club since March 2021 after working as a manger of an adult baseball team.

    (Japanese original by Kotaro Ono, Kobe Bureau)

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