Fatal violence a problem in China amateur games

Eight footballers in east China's Shandong province have been charged with “intentional injurying” after they beat to death a rival player during a local amateur tournament match, Xinhua newsagency reported. According to the People's Procuratorate of Zibo, the violence erupted in the city's stadium on 23 July when the home team Zibo Sunday Saints hosted the Weifang Devils from the neighbouring city of Weifang. In the second half, Zibo mid-fielder Liu Xiaolei was attacked by several Weifang players after a squabble turned sour and Liu died of severe neck injury five days later in a local hospital.

The newsagency reported that “violence is not stranger to China's scandal-plagued football leagues, especially the amateur ones that largely fell out of sufficient supervising of the authority”.

On 25 September angry players in a national amateur league match held in central province of Sichuan crushed the referee's hand and leg bones and left him mild concussed.

On 25 June, in a match of the Asian Football Confederation-sponsored city football league in the eastern city of Qingdao, a fan was hit on the face by a furious player who stormed up the stand after being thrown bottles and water melon rinds.