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Chinese footballers fined as Japan protest 'dangerous' play
« on: February 23, 2008, 12:10:08 PM »
Story about the men's team but mentions an incident from the women's team near the bottom -

CHONGQING, China (AFP) — China were fined 4,500 dollars on Saturday for picking up excessive yellow cards at the East Asian football championships as Japan formally protested against the hosts' "dangerous" play.
The penalty, which does not help the country's sporting reputation ahead of the Olympics, was approved by the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) executive committee after China received nine cautions in two matches.
Japan's separate protest came after a number of ugly incidents in their 1-0 win against China on Wednesday, when four Chinese players received yellow cards but none was sent off.
A flying kick from goalkeeper Zong Lei injured Japan's Michihiro Yasuda, while Li Weifeng grabbed winger Keita Suzuki by the throat and Yasuhito Endo was left writhing on the floor after a kick to the thigh.
Five Chinese players were also carded during the 3-2 loss to South Korea on Sunday. China were fined 1,500 dollars over the South Korea match and a further 3,000 dollars for the Japan game, EAFF vice president Junji Ogura said.
The executive committee, headed by Xie Xalong of China, approved the fine decided by the EAFF disciplinary committee on Friday, said Ogura.
"I understand that the Chinese executive member has taken the matter seriously as the incident has been also criticised at home," he said.
North Korea's men were also fined 1,500 dollars after picking up five yellow cards during their 1-1 draw with South Korea on Wednesday.
A maximum penalty of 10,000 dollars can be imposed on a team that receives four or more yellow cards in a match, according to the federation's rules.
The protest handed in by Japan on Friday also asked the federation to examine decisions by North Korean referee Song O-Tae, who failed to send any of the Chinese players off on Wednesday.
"We cannot condone play which threatens the competitive careers of players. There were also problems in the referee's game control," delegation chief Kuniya Daini said.
"The petition was filed for the good of East Asian football," he said. "We have requested action so that these things will not happen again."
Japan have also faced hostility from Chinese fans during the East Asian tournament, which also includes the two Koreas, particularly during their opening match against North Korea.
The crowd was more restrained during Wednesday's match but aimed abuse and plastic bottles at their own team.
Chinese fans' antipathy towards Japan comes from anger at their neighbour's World War II aggression, which saw the inland city of Chongqing come under heavy bombardment.
China's women's team have also attracted unwanted attention after South Korea complained to the Asian Football Confederation over the behaviour of captain Li Jie.
Li was accused of time-wasting after she collapsed on the pitch as South Korea prepared to take a corner deep into stoppage time during China's 3-2 win on Monday.
She was taken off the field but hurried back to obstruct the corner, which was never taken as Thai referee Kamnueng Pannipar blew for full time. Li received a second yellow card for her antics.
China's men's Olympic team gained a reputation for violent conduct when they were embroiled in a notorious mass brawl with English side QPR during a friendly match in February last year.