The RBFA fined Beerschot after it deemed that the fans’ heckling had insulted Kawashima.
RBFA officials apologized to Kawashima and Japanese Ambassador to Belgium Atsushi Yokota over the incident, which occurred on Aug. 19 in a match between Beerschot and Kawashima’s Lierse.
Beerschot officials said they would take time to look into the fine and decide on an official response to be released at a later date.
Beerschot has not been able to pinpoint the fans who taunted Kawashima. The fans heckled Lierse over the similarity of pronunciation between “Fukushima” and “Kawashima.”
Kawashima complained to the referee about the taunts, briefly stopping the match. He left the pitch at the end of the match in tears. He later wrote a blog post deriding Beerschot fans’ actions.