The Japan Football Association has announced it has dismissed Javier Aguirre as Japan manager due to the ongoing match-fixing investigation against him in Spain.
Aguirre took over the Japanese National team in 2014 following Japan’s disappointing group-stage elimination in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, the former Mexico national team manager had been under constant scrutiny for allegedly participating in a case of match-fixing involving Real Zaragoza’s 2-1 win over Levante on the final day of the 2010-11 La Liga season.
EL Vasco’s last game was a defeat in the quarterfinal of the AFC Asian Cup to the United Arab Emirates in a penalty shootout.
While Aguirre has denied any wrongdoing, Spanish media reports suggest Spanish prosecutors are set to institute legal proceedings against him and approximately 30 others.