Soccer: Sagan Tosu manager Kim to leave club, abuse case unresolved

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Kim Myung Hwi will step down as manager of Sagan Tosu, the J-League first division side said Monday, despite unresolved abuse allegations.

Sagan Tosu finished seventh in the 20-team J1 table, but the 40-year-old Japan-born South Korean said he has decided to bring his 11-year stint with the club to an end after this season.

Kim has been accused of physically and verbally abusing his players, but the J-League has yet to release the results of the investigation it said it would begin conducting in late September.

Kim received a three-game suspension from his club after being caught on tape deliberately tripping a player during training in late June.