Japan's Nakamura quits Slovakian club over racism


TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese striker Yuki Nakamura says he has left Slovakian club Rimavska Sobota because of racism.

The 25-year-old Nakamura writes on his blog that "it's a real shame but I have come home because I have been subjected to racism at Rimavska Sobota and I can't carry on living there."

Nakamura, who has also played in Romania and the Czech Republic, says supporters would hurl abuse at him before and after games and that none of his teammates would offer help.

Nakamura was on loan from Czech side Viktoria Zizkov.

Several Japanese players have encountered difficulties while playing overseas. In 2011, Lierse goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima was taunted with chants of "Fukushima, Fukushima" by opposing fans in reference to the nuclear disaster following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.