Chinese Super League

Diego Tardelli receives one-game ban for disrespecting Chinese national anthem

  • Shandong Luneng player was rubbing his face during March of the Volunteers
  • Striker caused a ‘bad social influence’ says Chinese Football Association
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 31 October, 2018, 5:49pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 31 October, 2018, 5:48pm

Brazilian footballer Diego Tardelli, of Shandong Luneng, has been banned for one game by the Chinese Football Association for not respecting the anthem.

Tardelli was seen rubbing his face during March of the Volunteers ahead of his side’s Chinese Super League game against Shanghai SIPG at Shanghai Stadium last Sunday. Shandong lost 4-2 to Shanghai SIPG.

The CFA statement on their website says that the striker caused a “bad social influence” with his actions.

Tardelli’s side, who are third in the CSL, are in the Chinese FA Cup final against Beijing Guoan but have three games left of their league campaign.

Defender Wang Shenchao was banned for 12 months from international duty after wearing a necklace during a game while youth player Zhou Junchen was handed a 12-month ban for skipping dinner at a Thai training camp.

Previous bans included Oscar, who was suspended for eight games last season for starting a brawl in a game against Guangzhou R&F by deliberately kicking the ball at opposition players.

Shanghai Shenhua’s Sun Shilin was banned for giving Tianjin Quanjian’s Alex Pato a thumbs-up after the Brazilian missed a penalty.