The father of an American football player injured by a dirty tackle during a game has filed a criminal complaint with Tokyo police against 2 former coaches of a rival team.
Yasutoshi Okuno took to Twitter on Thursday, writing that police accepted the criminal complaint against former Nihon University head coach Masato Uchida and former coach Tsutomu Inoue.
The former coaches are alleged to have instructed a defender to make the dangerous play against a Kwansei Gakuin University quarterback.
In the May 6th game, the defender tackled the quarterback from behind long after he had thrown a pass. The quarterback suffered injuries that took 3 weeks to heal.
Okuno wrote that he thinks it is rare for police to accept a criminal complaint that does not accuse a person alleged to have carried out a foul act. He added that he wants all the remaining Nihon University coaches to be replaced.
Okuno wrote that he also submitted a petition signed by more than 6,300 people seeking leniency for the defender. The injured player's side had already turned in a victim report against the defender to police, but said the defender should not be criminally prosecuted as he bravely told the truth in a news conference.
Nihon University's public relations department says it cannot comment as it has yet to confirm the facts of the matter.
The 2 former coaches say they told the defender to "crush" the quarterback, but did not mean to foul or injure him. They resigned after the incident.
Earlier this week, officials of the Kantoh Collegiate Football Association, to which the Nihon University team belongs, decided to expel the 2 former coaches.