Chinese Football Association (CFA)

Red mist as Guangzhou Evergrande teammates attack each other in reserve game

Second string match sees Wang Junhui and Situ Hualong come to blows with club immediately coming down hard on the pair ahead of CFA action

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 April, 2018, 12:52pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 April, 2018, 4:16pm

Guangzhou Evergrande teammates Wang Junhui and Situ Hualong came to blows during their reserve team match against Shandong Luneng on Monday.

The reserve sides met the day after Evergrande’s first team had beaten their counterparts from Shandong in the Chinese Super League but the game was overshadowed by the sight of a fist fight.

In the 35th minute, Situ gave away a penalty and the pair exchanged words before exchanging blows.

They were pulled apart by teammates and coaching staff.

The game was stopped for seven minutes with Wang sent off and Situ given a yellow card before being substituted.

The blame on Chinese social media has been apportioned to Wang, with some reports suggesting he had spent the game criticising his teammates. The club swiftly reprimanded both players equally.

A club statement confirmed each had been fined Ұ200,000, suspended from training and matches indefinitely and will be on the minimum wage for the next three months.

CCTV Sports reported on their Sina Weibo that the city’s minimum wage pays for living expenses.

The club also confirmed the reserve team coach had been openly reprimanded and fined.

Wang, 22, has represented China at under-23 level and played for the Evergrande first team 17 times, but is yet to feature under Fabio Cannavaro this season. Situ, 20, came through the club’s youth set-up and has yet to feature for the first team.

The Chinese Football Association has yet to rule on the incident but given previous suspensions have been termed “draconian” it does not look good for either party.

The longest ban last season was a six-month suspension for Shanghai Shenhua’s Qin Sheng.

Evergrande are already awaiting their fate with the disciplinary committee after Brazilian Alan was sent off for elbowing Tianjin Quanjian’s Liu Yiming in their recent Chinese Super League meeting.

The club have fined Alan and docked the bonuses of the first team coaching staff for failing to prevent the incident.

While it is not uncommon for players to come to blows in training or on club tours, fights between teammates during matches are rare.

Blackburn Rovers teammates Graeme Le Saux and David Batty once fought in the Champions League, while Newcastle United teammates Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer came to blows in the English Premier League.

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Shandong Luneng reserves won the game 2-0.