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Monday, July 23, 2007

China Striker Lu Zheng Kicked out of Olympics Squad (Played vs QPR)

Chinese striker Lu Zheng has been ousted from China's Olympic team after reportedly almost coming to blows with China's assistant coach.

Back in February at the time of QPR's notorious "brawl" against a China XI (and when a number of the Chinese representatives were apologizing for the brawl), Lu Zheng declared "They kicked us. If someone suddenly beats you, what is your reaction? It's the instinct for protecting ourselves." - BBC" "

Lu booted out of China Olympic team after row
BEIJING, July 23 (Reuters) - Shandong Luneng striker Lu Zheng has been kicked out of China's Olympic team after almost coming to blows with an assistant coach, local media reported on Monday.
Serbian head coach Ratomir Dujkovic, whose squad are on a tour of Italy, sent Lu back to China on Saturday after a heated clash with assistant Jia Xiuquan.
"Lu Zheng does not belong to our team any longer," Dujkovic told Titan Sports.
"He has been dismissed. It is unacceptable for any player not to respect the coaches. He is still young. Whether he can come back depends on his awareness of his fault
The Olympic team, in Italy as part of their preparations for the Beijing Games next August, lost 4-0 to Juventus on Sunday following a 3-0 defeat to Inter Milan last week. They play Lecce on Wednesday. Reuters

See QPR Report "Post China Brawl Comments"

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