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Divert your eyes, it's too awful!

Divert your eyes, it's too awful!I’ve witnessed and heard of a lot of odd things in my years of following the Chinese Super League, but this might take the cake. Beijing Guoan’s manager Jamie Pacheco has been suspended 8 matches and fined RMB40,000 (over US$6,000) for a very heinous act, quite possibly the worst possible act if you ask the Chinese Super League.  That’s right, he stuck his middle finger up and in the general direction of the Tianjin coaches (or possibly the linesman).

I don’t even know what to say, 8 matches?!?  Because of a middle finger?  In the 2009 Jing-Jin derby, Tan Wangsong was guilty of a late, brutal tackle on keeper Yang Zhi (see it here), a tackle that kept Yang out of matches, and yet he only received a 5 match suspension.  Incidently it was also in the 2009 Jing-Jin derby that Tianjin manager Arie Haan pulled out a RMB100 note and shoved it toward the referee when he was pissed off about a call, for this he received a 3 match ban.

So insinuating that the referee is taking bribes gets you 3 matches, but a middle finger that hurts nobody gets you 8?  For a first time fucking offender?!? I’m just sickened by this decision, Pacheco has been a spirited, lively presence on the Guoan touchline and has really brought life to the team this year.  He’s also on a short term contract and an insane decision like this may mean he only stays in the capital for a single season.

The middle finger is a provocative gesture, I admit, and coaches need to be a model for their players and society at large, but this is taking China’s “harmonious” society and “cultured” stadiums a large step too far.

In other news of the weird coming out of the CFA spaceship, the league has reviewed match tape and come to three conclusions (I shit you not):

  1. Walter Martinez was fouled by Li Benjian when he attempted a header late in the 1st half, it should have been a penalty kick and Li should have been given a red card.
  2. On Tianjin’s “second goal”, the ball was out of the forward’s possession and Yang Zhi got to it first, thus the referee was correct in calling off the goal (though this play would have probably never happened because the player who “fouled” Yang was Li Benjian, who would have received a red card moments before).
  3. Roberto was offside on Guoan’s goal and it shouldn’t have counted.  This point is equally irrational, you can make a case Martinez was offside, but Roberto?!?

The CFA works in strange, mysterious ways, I have nothing more to say, so I want to offer a few pictures as a gift to Wei Di and the other mindless numbskulls at the CFA.

Brandon Chemers aka B. Cheng aka A Modern Lei Feng – is a name which may be familiar to many in the Chinese blogosphere. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Wild East Football and is one of the lonely souls writing about Chinese football in English for the last 10 years. Chemers' credentials are second to none – his former blog focused not only on the fortunes of his beloved Beijing Guoan FC, but a multitude of other aspects of Beijing life. He’s deservedly built a reputation in the Chinese blogosphere as an insightful observer of not only Chinese football, but also the wider picture of life in modern China and its many layers. For WEF, beyond writing about Guoan, he often focuses on fan culture and the business of Chinese football.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. smari.

    28/06/2011 at 17:50

    lol at the pictures.

  2. Yiddo Huayi

    28/06/2011 at 22:57

    So will Guoan appeal this?

    • Wayne Wei

      02/07/2011 at 02:07

      No…we didn’t.In fact,Jaime has been suspended only 4 matches.Because It include 5 matches of Reserve League.

  3. Yiddo Huayi

    29/06/2011 at 00:46

    I see Joel Griffiths is the second leading goalscorer to date. Didn’t he also get banned a couple of years back for making gestures? Unsure what were the details – was he out of rach of someones bollocks?

    • bcheng

      29/06/2011 at 02:19

      You are correct, in ’09 against Henan, his brother scored a late equalizer and an already subbed out Joel ran onto the field and gave a 2 bird salute toward the Henan players, he was then handed a 7 match ban, the difference being Joel wasn’t exactly a good boy that year and had already been handed a multiple match ban earlier in the year, so 7 was kind of understandable, whereas this is downright insane.

      As the ban was handed down by the CFA, don’t think there’s such thing as an appeal.

      • Yiddo Huayi

        29/06/2011 at 02:52

        Cheers bcheng. If it was against Henan 7 matches seems a bit harsh!!

        (nb: To any Henan fans – this is a joke and please don’t hit me or lock me in)

  4. Eric B

    29/06/2011 at 06:22

    Fu Hao, Jaime Pacheco’s interpreter should make good use of this period of time. He may end up being China’s Jose Mourinho. LoL

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