China: where away kits don’t exist
If Chelsea are still feeling a little hard done by over the Gael Kakuta saga they might want to read about the plight of Chinese Super League outfit Shenzhen. The struggling club has been handed a three-point deduction, 100,000 yuan ($14,650) and been banned from entering the league’s FairPlay Award for committing the heinous crime of having the wrong colour shirts.
Shenzhen’s match at home to Shanghai on 30 August was delayed for almost an hour when it emerged that both teams had been expecting to play in their usual white kits. It seems that in China, the home team is expected to have a change kit in case of clashes. The match kicked off way behind schedule by the time Shenzhen officials had tracked down a blue kit.
A Chinese FA statement said: “The incident not only violated disciplinary rules but also distracted from the orderliness, damaged the football environment and undermined the CSL’s image.”