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Soccer match in Belgium temporarily halted after Japanese goaltender taunted by visiting fans over nuclear disaster

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian soccer was temporarily stopped on Saturday after visiting fans taunted Japanese goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima over the recent Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The referee halted the match between Lierse SK and Beerschot after some Beerschot supporters began chanting: "Kawashima-Fukushima."

The match resumed after a delay of several minutes and ended in a 1-1 draw. Kawashima left the field in tears and said later he could forgive many insults, "but not this."

The Japanese player said: "Using the drama of Fukushima in this manner is not at all funny."

An earthquake and tsunami in March devastated large parts...