Chinese Super League team Shanghai Shenhua have accused an opposing player of racially abusing former Chelsea and Newcastle United striker Demba Ba.
Shenhua coach Wu Jingui told reporters that a Changchun Yatai player (midfielder Zhang Li) used racially insulting language toward Ba during an altercation late in a match on Aug. 4, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Chinese football authorities have banned Changchun Yatai midfielder Zhang Li for six games after he was found guilty of “causing chaos” during an altercation with former Chelsea striker Demba Ba in the Chinese Super League last weekend.
Zhang was also fined 42,000 yuan ($6,131) after the Chinese Football Association decided the midfielder had “interfered with the order of the game and caused chaos that had a negative effect for the public” during Changchun’s 1-1 draw with Ba’s Shanghai Shenhua side.
“According to the CFA Discipline Code, the Chinese Football Association will treat any violation of discipline and the regulations seriously to maintain good order on the field,” the CFA said in a statement announcing the punishment for Zhang.