8/5/2018 1:06:43 PM (GMT+3)

Former Chelsea forward Ba in racism row in China

Former Chelsea forward Ba in racism row in China

SHANGHAI, China: Former Chelsea forward Demba Ba was in the centre of racism row following a heated exchange with Changchun Yatai midfielder Zhang Li late in their 1-1 Chinese Super League draw after Ba, who is now playing for Shanghai Shenhua, collided with one of Zhang's team-mates.

There has been an uproard in the Chinese media even as Ba claimed that Zhang made racially insulting remarks.

In a post-match press conference, Shenhua coach Wu Jingui condemned the incident.

"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," Wu said, in comments posted on a team social media account. 

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

Ba also retweeted on his Twitter account a posting calling for "serious disciplinary actions" over the incident.

The Senegalese international had played for Shenhua in 2015-2016 before being sidelined by a broken leg. 

Brief spells with Turkish sides Besiktas and Goztepe followed before Ba returned to Shenhua in June during the summer transfer window.