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CFA's Fairplay effort turns foul

REFEREES were assaulted by boot, spittle and verbal abuse as the Chinese Super League observed FIFA's Fairplay Day in its own particular style last weekend.

The Chinese Football Association handed out stiff penalties to seven players and club officials for offences committed in matches around the country.

"The CFA had the fair play campaigns on CSL pitches as FIFA requested but there were violations on the very day, which must not happen," the CFA said.

Shandong Luneng's Serbian striker Aleksandar Zivkovic was banned for eight matches and fined 40,000 yuan (US$5,859) for spitting at the referee during a derby match in Qingdao. Hangzhou Greentown substitute Wang Hongyou will miss the next four matches and have to stump up 20,000 yuan for throwing his boot at the referee from the bench during a match against Shenzhen.

A tackle by Changchun's Liu Cheng on Shanghai's Tao Jin sparked brawls during and after the match with Shanghai's coach, translator, team doctor and a player punished for surrounding and verbally abusing the referee on the pitch.

Shanghai head coach Jia Xiuquan was banned from the sidelines for three matches and fined 20,000 yuan, while assistant coach and former Shenhua player Xie Hui, doctor Zhang Peng and player Chen Tao all received fines and bans. Changchun's Liu was banned for 3 matches and fined 20,000 yuan.


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