Ever­grande cap­tain fined for hand­shake snub

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS - SHANG­HAI:

Chi­nese cham­pi­ons Guangzhou Ever­grande fined cap­tain Zheng Zhi for fail­ing to gather all his play­ers to shake the hands of match of­fi­cials af­ter the dra­matic week­end de­feat at Tian­jin Quan­jian. The Chi­nese in­ter­na­tional mid­fielder be­comes the lat­est ma­jor name to hit dis­ci­plinary trou­ble in the Chi­nese Su­per League (CSL), with the Shang­hai SIPG quar­tet of Os­car, Hulk, Wu Lei and man­ager An­dre Vil­las-Boas all serv­ing bans. Ever­grande slapped Zheng with a 100,000 yuan ($15,000) fine and warned him about his fu­ture con­duct for “fail­ing to meet the high stan­dards of team man­age­ment re­quire­ments”. “All coaches and play­ers are re­quired to re­spect their op­po­nent and ref­er­ees dur­ing the match,” the state­ment added. Ever­grande play­ers shook hands with their op­po­nents in the 4-3 loss at Tian­jin but not with the ref­eree or his as­sis­tants, me­dia re­ports said. Luiz Felipe Sco­lari’s Ever­grande saw their lead over SIPG at the top of the CSL cut to a sin­gle point fol­low­ing the de­feat on Sun­day. — AFP

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