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Australia and China fined for brawl

THE Asian Football Confederation banned one player for four matches and handed out a total of US$12,000 in fines after a wild brawl between the Australian and Chinese under-19 women's teams earlier this week.

Australia's Jessica Seaman was fined US$3,000 and suspended for four games after she was sent off during Monday's match in Wuhan and then found guilty of violating the AFC disciplinary code.

The Australian team was fined US$4,000 after it was found guilty of breaching a number of offences, including starting the scuffle at the end of the match.

It was also charged for throwing bottles back at the crowd while "the team head coach was also found guilty of misbehavior during the post-match press conference," an AFC statement said.

The Chinese team was fined US$2,000 for its involvement in the fight which followed Seaman's sending off.

The Chinese Football Association was also fined US$3,000 "for failing to control spectators" after some members of the crowd began throwing water bottles at the Australians as they left the pitch.

China won the ill-tempered match 2-1, holding on for victory despite a late appeal for a penalty from the Australians, who were aghast to see the referee award a freekick outside the box.

The Young Matildas failed to advance to the semifinals despite finishing their group phase with a 4-0 win over Chinese Taipei.


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