Football: Tianjin Quanjian Condemns bitter China draw

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Fabio Cannavaro’s Tianjin Quanjian on Monday took aim at rivals Shanghai SIPG following a bad-tempered draw in the Chinese Super League punctuated by incidents on and off the field. Opposing fans briefly scuffled outside the stadium following Sunday’s 0-0 stalemate in Shanghai, according to videos on social media, while on the pitch there were several flashpoints between players and staff of the two sides.
Tianjin players posed with white towels after the game, a nod to a first-half dispute with Andre Villas-Boas’s Shanghai over the visitors using towels to dry the ball. At one point during the match, a ballboy and member of Tianjin’s staff wrestled for a towel on the sidelines, and the Tianjin official was consequently ordered away from the side of the pitch.
Early in the first half, Villas-Boas and members of Cannavaro’s backroom staff also engaged in a slanging match, but both managers were tight-lipped after the game. Tianjin, however, were more forthright on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.
“We condemn any form of soccer hooliganism under any circumstances, location or reason,” Tianjin, third in the CSL, said in a statement.
“We hope that all teams and fans on the away side can fully enjoy and shout their support and safely return home.”
The post accompanied a picture of Shanghai fans and one of their banners reading: “Viewing with virtue, shouting with technique, wild with restraint.” But in the statement Tianjin said pointedly that slogans are not merely words but “should be implemented in action”.
The draw left Shanghai second, three points off leaders and reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande.

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