Romain Alessandrini (second left), of Qingdao Huanghai, is sent off by referee Zhang Lei during their Chinese Super League clash against Qingdao Huanghai. Photo: XinhuaRomain Alessandrini (second left), of Qingdao Huanghai, is sent off by referee Zhang Lei during their Chinese Super League clash against Qingdao Huanghai. Photo: Xinhua
Romain Alessandrini (second left), of Qingdao Huanghai, is sent off by referee Zhang Lei during their Chinese Super League clash against Qingdao Huanghai. Photo: Xinhua

Referees ‘damaging reputation’ of Chinese football, state media says in rare tirade against ‘the judges in black’

  • The sending off of Qingdao Huanghai’s Romain Alessandrini against Hebei China Fortune prompted a backlash against the standard of refereeing
  • State-run ‘Shanghai Observer’ calls for the return of overseas referees, who have been unable to take part this season because of Covid-19 restrictions

Topic |   Chinese Super League
Romain Alessandrini (second left), of Qingdao Huanghai, is sent off by referee Zhang Lei during their Chinese Super League clash against Qingdao Huanghai. Photo: XinhuaRomain Alessandrini (second left), of Qingdao Huanghai, is sent off by referee Zhang Lei during their Chinese Super League clash against Qingdao Huanghai. Photo: Xinhua
Romain Alessandrini (second left), of Qingdao Huanghai, is sent off by referee Zhang Lei during their Chinese Super League clash against Qingdao Huanghai. Photo: Xinhua
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