18 March ~ Hull City are having a Red Cross collection for the victims of the Japan earthquake/tsunami at their match with Norwich tomorrow and other clubs are expected to follow suit.
There are four J-League teams based in the tsunami-hit area: Kashima Antlers, Mito Hollyhock, Montedio Yamagata and Vegalta Sendai. UK-based supporters of the J-League have suggested that clubs here might consider playing one of the songs that have been adopted by the fans of Vegalta Sendai at half-time or prior to kick-off at this weekend's game: Take Me Home, Country Roads and We're Not Gonna Take It.
According to reports from Japan, the Vegalta stadium in Sendai has been virtually destroyed and their overseas players and foreign manager have been advised to return home to their respective countries. The Antlers' stadium (which was used in the 2002 World Cup) is said to have sustained some structural damage.