27 Apr 2011

Czechs and Peru to play friendlies in disaster-hit Japan

9:06 am on 27 April 2011

Peru and Czech Republic will travel to disaster-hit Japan for friendly soccer internationals in June and July after receiving reassurances over potential health risks amid the current nuclear crisis.

Last month's deadly earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear crisis at a power plant north of Tokyo.

Peru and the Czechs have agreed to travel after being reassured by the Japanese Football Association that the players and officials would be in no danger.

JFA general secretary Kozo Tashima says they've given data about radiation levels and aftershocks and they're convinced it is safe to come.

Japan was scheduled to play home friendlies against Montenegro and New Zealand in late March but both teams pulled out following the disaster.