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Japan coach Javier Aguirre fired over La Liga match-fixing scandal

In the match, Zaragoza beat Levante 2-1 to avoid relegation. Mexico-born Aguirre took over the Japan coaching job from Alberto Zaccheroni after last summer's World Cup in Brazil. His team was eliminated in the quarter-finals of last month's Asian Cup in Australia.

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News 03 Feb 2015, 21:48 IST
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Javier Aguirre

Tokyo, Feb 3: Japan national football team coach Javier Aguirre has been fired for his alleged involvement in a 2011 match-fixing scandal in Spain, local media reported on Tuesday. The 56-year-old Aguirre and 40 others were reportedly involved in the fixing of a match in 2011 during Aguirre's time as coach of Spanish club Real Zaragoza.

In the match, Zaragoza beat Levante 2-1 to avoid relegation.

Mexico-born Aguirre took over the Japan coaching job from Alberto Zaccheroni after last summer's World Cup in Brazil. His team was eliminated in the quarter-finals of last month's Asian Cup in Australia.

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