Chinese soccer game officials were attacked after a controversial result in the second division of the league.
Wuhan Zall was losing the game 1-2 to Baoding Ronda when Huang Xiang, the referee of the game awarded a late penalty to their team with just seven minutes left to play in the game.
The players and staff confronted the referee after the final whistle and it quickly escalated as fans threw objects into the stadium. The crisis was made worst by the power cut in the stadium as the officials were attacked by the fans before they were escorted off by security on the ground.
The case is currently being investigated by the Chinese Football Association and the Police
Meng Yongli, the chairman Baoding Chairman could not back tears during a press conference after the incident as he alleged that his team had been cheated out of a victory. He then told the reporters that he will be taking the team out of the league and resigned as chairman of the club hours later, stating that it was for personal reasons.
The club’s management later apologized and stated that they will be staying put in the league. The Chinese Football Association released a statement which reads.
“We need the teams to express their grievances in a manner that is official and for now we call on fans to be calm and rational at all times.”
Problem Of Indiscipline In China
The Chinese Football Association have issued long-term bans to players like Oscar, the former Chelsea player, who now plies his trade for Shanghai SIPG after he ignited a brawl in a China Super League game.
The CSP has issues with indiscipline in the past and attacks on match officials.