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Tan handed five-match suspension

Tianjin Teda defender Tan Wangsong has been handed a five-match suspension for a dangerous challenge on national goalkeeper Yang Zhi during the side's 0-1 derby defeat at Beijing Guo'an last weekend.

Tan, who slammed into Yang's knee at full speed late in the Chinese Super League fixture, was also fined 25,000 yuan (US$3,660), the Chinese Football Association announced on its official Website.

"I feel really frustrated," Tan told a local daily newspaper.

"I did not think (the challenge) was that bad."

The CFA also warned the manager of Beijing's Workers' Stadium, where spectators at Saturday's match were injured by flying missiles and visiting players harassed by home fans with laser pointers.

The 64,000-seat stadium will host England's Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and Hull City in the Premier League Asia Trophy next month.

A Guo'an official said he was sorry that Tan's punishment was not more severe as the CFA had pledged a zero-tolerance policy on violent tackles. "I can only say I am unhappy and it is unfair," said Beijing Guo'an President Luo Ning.

The 23-year-old Tan has a record of violent challenges, prompting Chinese internet forums to dub him "Kicking Tan".

He was sent off at last year's Olympics for kicking a Belgian player in the groin. Three months later, Tan's tackle on a Beijing player started a mass brawl which prompted CCTV to stop broadcasting CSL games.



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