Qin Sheng Pays Penalty For Profanity

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The Chinese Super League caught the eye again, this week with its multiples atiques,
now added a brew of controversy.

Shanghai Shenhua and China midfielder Qin Sheng was levied serious punishment for a nasty, deliberate stamp on Tianjin Quanjian’s marquee import Axel Witsel in their most recent home game, on Saturday.

Apart from guaranteeing an instant sending off, Sheng’s actions didnot go down very well with his own club either. The midfielder has been fined £35,000, relegated to Shanghai’s reserve team and could yet see his wages reduced by furious club president Wu Xiaohui.

In a scoffle in the Shenhua box during a set piece, the Belgian international had
seemingly provoked Sheng earlier causing him to retaliate to with a stamp on his feet.
Witsel went down to the ground with his teammates making their voice heard. The
incident didn’t go unnoticed by the match officials as Sheng was given the marching

A Shenhua statement read: ‘In the 24th minute, Greenland Shenhua player Qin Sheng deliberately stamped on the foot of his opponent in the box, and was shown a red card by the referee. His behaviuor was against sportsmanship.

‘The club will see his attitude and follow-up performances, and decide whether to cut his annual salary.’When purchasing competitive achievements, the club will not loosen its management over players. We will take this as a lesson and avoid incidents like this.’

Qin was ordered to make a public apology following his assault on the Belgium
international – who is one of the star attractions in the expanding Chinese Super League and commands wages of £16million per season, or roughly £300,000 each week.

However, this is not the first controversial moment of the midfielders career, with his
ledger having indelible marks aplenty. Back in 2013, playing in a CFA Cup final for
Guangzhou Evergrande, he kicked Guizhou Renhe’s striker Zlatan Muslimovic in the face causing a nasal fracture and forcing his opponent to return to Bosnia – his home country – for surgery. The same year, while on international duty for China, Qin was sent off 13 minutes into a friendly against Holland for an outrageous tackle on Jonathan de Guzman.

On one of his social media accounts, he was quoted as saying: ‘Exciting match but
stupid foul.

‘My personal behaviour affected the whole team. I want to apologise to the fans, club
officials and coaches, as well as my pals fighting together on the pitch.

‘As a professional player, I should not take such ‘revenge’ but respect the referee’s

However, his club’s President was less than forgiving about his player’s actions, saying:
‘The extremely irrational behaviour of Qin Sheng has severely tarnished the image of this club, the football of Shanghai and even Chinese football.

‘All the efforts made by others have gone down the drain because of him.
‘Given Qin Sheng was shown a yellow card in the season opener, we intentionally warned him over his poor on-field behaviour before the game. However, our repeated warningshave not prevented this happening.

‘I don’t think he was just caught up in the heat of the moment. Instead, it’s a flagrant
violation of the club management.’
Despite playing with 10 men, Shenhua opened the scoring in the 74th minute through captain Giovanni Moreno. However, Witsel – having run off the pain off the stamp -scored Tianjin’s equaliser 10 minutes later, with the game ending honours even.

Another day passes with exhilarating action in far east. The upturn is on.