Dalian Yifang footballer Li Shuai has been involved in a bizarre incident involving hackers, online trolls and a rival player’s wife. The strange turn of events came following Li’s dismissal in the Chinese Super League game between Shandong Luneng and his side at the weekend. The left back was sent off after raising his arms to the face of Shandong Luneng’s Wu Xinghan following a heated exchange between the pair. Although referee Ma Ning missed the incident it was pointed out to him by the video assistant referee and he subsequently showed Li a second yellow of the game. Dalian held on to win the game 1-0. Ainda em Shandong Luneng 0x1 Dalian Yifang: o lateral Li Shuai foi expulso por este tapa no rosto de Wu Xinghan. É de se esperar uma punição por parte da CFA... pic.twitter.com/AruhKHZL7Z — Leonardo Hartung (@HartungLeo) 14 April 2019 <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!--\n\n\n//--><!]]> Li issued two apologies via his own Weibo where he expressed his regret at letting down his team and the fans, while lamenting his failure to keep his emotions in check in the face of provocation. He did not apologise to Wu, a move that led to the questioning of his sincerity by several social media users. Some did not stop there. A Weibo account widely reported to belong to Wu’s wife was used to defend the Shandong Luneng player and accuse someone of hiring “shui jun” – online commenters for hire known as the “water force” – to post comments defending Li. Another post on the account read “F*** your mother’s c***, I’d like to live-stream slapping you to death, you silly c***”. It was accompanied by a cartoon image of a hand with the middle finger raised. Wu’s wife later said her account had been hacked and the offensive posts have since been deleted. Yifang's Li Shuai was sent off for punching Luneng's Wu Xinghan in the face during last week's CSL. Wu's wife is now alleging Li Shuai hired hackers afterwards to steal her Weibo account in an attempt to smear the couple. pic.twitter.com/63mPTtGdfT — Wild East Football (@wildeastfootbal) 17 April 2019 <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!--\n\n\n//--><!]]> Meanwhile, as has often been the case in recent months, Li’s club have acted before the Chinese FA have decided their own punishment for the red card. Dalian Yifang announced on Wednesday that they have fined the player 500,000 yuan (US$74,678) and demoted him to the reserve team. The Dalian side officially announced the measures in a statement that said Li Shuai could not control his emotions and his actions had seriously affecting the image of the club and the Chinese Super League. Chinese Super League’s top-six ambitions and star players can’t paint over cracks or craziness Several other CSL clubs have acted similarly this season, handing out internal suspensions, demoting players to the reserve team and fining them for their actions in CSL games. In a move that was widely questioned, Guangzhou Evergrande’s Wei Shihao was suspended for a month by his club after being sent off on international duty for China. Li is likely to receive a suspension from the CFA, with many reports speculating that it will be between eight and 12 games based on previous incidents. Chinese fans and media turn on ‘shameful’ Wei Shihao for ‘evil’ tackle on Uzbekistan player In 2017, Beijing Guoan’s Zhang Zhezhe was suspended for 12 games and fined 60,000 yuan (US$8,969) for raising his hands to a Chongqing Lifan player while Guangzhou Evergrande’s Alan got an eight-game ban last season for the same thing. The 23-year-old Li has represented China at youth level and had been an ever present for his club in their first five league games of the season until the sending off.