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Revelation of nude pictures poses problems for Japanese women's team

Trouble ensued after players’ antics were live-tweeted by a German student.

The Japanese women's team: in happier times.
The Japanese women's team: in happier times.

Reproduced with permission from Business Insider:

JAPAN’S SAKI KUMAGI, who scored the World Cup-winning penalty kick last weekend, received a stern talking to after ripping her coach and showing off nude photos of her teammates during a night out in Germany on Wednesday.

Kumagi was out on the town when a German college student she was with began live-tweeting everything she was saying and doing.

During the course of the night, the player ripped coach Norio Sasaki and described the locker room as “hierarchical”.

At one point she took it a step further, showing off some nude photos of teammate Karina Maruyama that she had on her cellphone.

The outing prompted a response from the Japanese Football Association, and some are reporting that she’s been dropped from the team’s Japanese TV appearances.

“I instructed the head of the women’s team department to tell everyone not to get carried away and watch out for their own behavior,” JFA vice president Kuniya Daini told the Mainichi Daily News.

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