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Former Chelsea player suffers racial abuse

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Former Newcastle and Chelsea player Demba Ba is a recent victim of racial abuse. The ugly incident occurred during their Chinese Super League game.

Shenhua coach Wu Jingui told reporters that a Changchun Yatai player (midfielder Zhang Li) used racially insulting language toward Demba Ba during an altercation late in a match on Saturday, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

The fiasco generated controversy on the Chinese internet, with fans calling for immediate action on the culprit.

“The Chinese Super League has players of many different skin colors. We should respect our opponents, and there should be no discrimination,’ Wu said after the match. ‘I cannot calm down now. I feel great regret about the lack of respect for a player.”

Shenhua has not disclosed details of the incident, but Xu Jiang, a prominent Chinese sports blogger, wrote on social media that Zhang allegedly shouted ‘You black’ repeatedly at Ba.

The two players were involved in a spat in the 77th minute after Ba clashed with a Changchun player challenging for a header. Ba exchanged words with Zhang in a running dispute and reacted furiously minutes later before the two were broken up by teammates and technical staff.

The Senegalese international is currently on his second spell with the Chinese side, having re-signed in June.

Ba took the Chinese league by storm during his first spell with Shanghai in 2015 and 2016 before suffering a serious leg fracture.