China's soccer team involved in wild brawl

Updated: 22 March 2007 06:37 IST

The Chinese Olympic team's two week stay in England is not quite going according to plan.

London:

The Chinese Olympic team's two week stay in England is not quite going according to plan. First they complained about the training facilities supplied by hosts, Premiership side Chelsea. Then one of their players Dai Lin, received a red card in a match against the London side's reserves on Monday. But their tour hit a new low on Wednesday after an unseemly brawl during their friendly match with Championship side Queens Park Rangers. Chinese striker Gao Lin is believed to have been involved in the initial incident which sparked the fight. Gao traded blows with a QPR player before other joined in. "I didn't see how it began, I was watching the ball in the forward area, then I saw they are fighting," said Ratomir Dujkovic, head coach of Chinese Olympic Soccer team. Gao Lin has already apologised for his actions, and is believed to be on his way back to China. His teammate Zheng Tao was knocked unconscious during the melee and was taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw. "I was very disappointed," said Ratomir Dujkovic, head coach of Chinese Olympic Soccer team. The game was eventually abandoned with around 15 minutes left to play - QPR were leading 2-1 when the match was halted. The Chinese Olympic team was invited to train in London by Chelsea as they are looking to tap into the lucrative Chinese sports market. The Chinese team is scheduled to play Brentford at Chelsea's training facility on Tuesday.

Topics : Football
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