Shen­hua with­hold player’s wages af­ter ‘abom­inable’ stamp

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BEI­JING: Shang­hai Shen­hua will with­hold the salary of China in­ter­na­tional Qin Sheng for the rest of the sea­son af­ter con­demn­ing the mid­fielder’s “abom­inable be­hav­iour” in stamp­ing on Bel­gium’s Axel Wit­sel at the week­end.

Qin Sheng re­ceived a straight red card for stamp­ing on the foot of Tian­jian Quan­jian’s Wit­sel as they jock­eyed for po­si­tion in front of Quan­jian’s goal while wait­ing for a cor­ner to be taken in Satur­day’ s bad-tem­pered en­counter.

Qin Sheng faces a three-game Su­per League ban for re­ceiv­ing his march­ing orders, but the club have come down even harder, slap­ping Qin with a 300,000 yuan (RM193,000) fine — a huge sum for many Chi­nese foot­ballers who do not com­mand the in­flated salaries of their for­eign team­mates.

They have also dropped him to play with the re­serve squad and with­held his salary for the rest of the year, ac­cord­ing to a team an­nounce­ment Mon­day.

Qin Sheng may end up get­ting his wages if he atones with good be­hav­iour, the state­ment said, adding that in the mean­time he would be pro­vided only with a ba­sic liv­ing al­lowance.

“This abom­inable be­hav­iour, which is a per­sonal, se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tion of reg­u­la­tions and sports ethics, has had a huge neg­a­tive im­pact on the club and even Chi­nese foot­ball as a whole,” the club state­ment said.

Qin has is­sued an apol­ogy. “In the pre­vi­ous game, I dis­played se­verely ir­ra­tional be­hav­iour, caus­ing an in­jury to an op­po­nent, af­fect­ing the team’s re­sult and cre­at­ing a neg­a­tive im­pres­sion,” he said on his of­fi­cial ac­count on China’s Twit­ter-like Weibo in Sun­day. He called his ac­tions “vul­gar.”

The Chi­nese in­ter­na­tional vowed to make amends and said he ac­cepted all pun­ish­ments handed down by the club.

AFP was not able to con­firm Qin Sheng ’s salary, and thus how much the blun­der could end up cost­ing him. Chi­nese me­dia re­ports es­ti­mate his wages at around five mil­lion yuan per year. His new star team­mate Car­los Tevez is re­ported to earn a sim­i­lar amount per week at Shen­hua, ac­cord­ing to me­dia in his na­tive Ar­gentina, mak­ing him the world’s high­est salaried player.

Down to 10 men, Shen­hua still man­aged to take a 74th minute lead through Gio Moreno but it was Wit­sel who popped up with the equaliser 10 min­utes later af­ter es­cap­ing a red card him­self mo­ments ear­lier when he was only booked for an el­bow on Shen­hua’s Fredy Guarin.

The match ended 1-1 af­ter Quan­jian’s Brazil­ian im­port Alexan­dre Pato blazed an 88thminute penalty over the bar. AFP

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