Police To Not Seek Charges Against Ex - Coaches

Police to not seek charges against ex-coaches

Tokyo police have informed prosecutors of their decision not to seek charges against two former coaches of a university American football team over a dangerous tackle.

A defender for Nihon University, Taisuke Miyagawa, said he committed the foul tackle in a game in May of last year on the instructions of the two former coaches. The act injured a quarterback from Kwansei Gakuin University.

Police have questioned the defender, then-head coach Masato Uchida and then-coach Tsutomu Inoue on a voluntary basis and checked multiple video recordings of the game.

They concluded that they could not confirm that the two former coaches ordered the player to commit the foul.

The police have sent papers on the defender to the prosecutors on charges of injuring the opponent. But whether to pursue a criminal charge is expected to be a careful decision as the two sides have already reached a settlement.

These procedures have brought an end to the nine-month-long investigation.