Shanghai Shenhua’s Demba Ba accuses Changchun Yatai’s Zhang Li of racism

Shanghai Shenhua’s Demba Ba vs Changchun Yatai’s Zhang Li

The Chinese Super League has been dragged into controversy after Demba Ba has claimed he was the victim of racist abuse.

Changchun Yatai draw 1-1 with Shanghai Shenhua on Saturday in the CSL.

Yunding Cao opened for Shanghai, while Odion Ighalo levelled for Changchun Yatai.

However the big talking point was what happened to Demba Ba in a confrontation with Zhang Li.

Demba Ba lost his cool towards the end of the match.

The former West Ham, Newcastle and Chelsea striker was obviously furious with Changchun Yatai’s Zhang Li.

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What was said to Demba Ba?

At the time of writing that’s still unknown.

Shanghai coach Wu Jingui has made the following statement:

We had an unpleasant incident in the game. Demba Ba was very angry.

Later, I learned that a Yatai player used insulting language toward him [Ba]. Around the world, it has been stressed that there should be no insulting speech toward black athletes.

The Chinese Super League has players of many different skin colours. We should respect our opponents and there should be no discrimination.

Shanghai Shenhua have also come out forcefully to defend their star striker in the aftermath of the game on social media.

Indeed, Shanghai Shenhua have named and shamed Changchun Yatai’s Zhang Li on Twitter.

Ba has also received support from his former Turkish club side Besiktas.

Besiktas tweeted “No to racism – you are not alone” on the social network.

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