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Guangzhou to punish South American stars for no-show

Tardy twosome: Muriqui and Paulo show up a week late (

Guangzhou Evergrande will punish its entire South American contingent, Dario Conca, Muriqui, Cleo and Paulo, for failing to report for training on January 3, according to Chinese media reports.

The quartet of stragglers have all since returned to the club. Paulo and Renato Cajá 420,000 RMB ($66,000)  for going AWOL. He was subsequently loaned out to Brazilian Serie A side Pronte Preta.

The club is expected to officially announce the exact details of the punishments in the next day or so.

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