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Shanghai Brawler Excluded from Chinese National Team
    2008-12-03 15:14:16     Xinhua
Shanghai Shenhua striker Mao Jianqing has been excluded from the Chinese national team for his part in a restaurant attack last weekend, sources at the Chinese Football Association (CFA) said.

"We have to make sure he will not appear in the new training camp, a player with such bad conduct does not deserve the honor of the national team," a CFA official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

"Mao is a quality player, but he brought disgrace to Chinese football. The national team is not a place for thugs," he added.

Mao and Shenhua team mate Liu Yintao went with friends to a restaurant in early Monday morning after missing out on the Chinese Super League (CSL) title at the weekend. A man surnamed Xu, who was then dining at the restaurant, greeted a woman accompanying the players and was beaten up.

The Chinese team will start their training camp next Wednesday with a new coach expected to be unveiled in a few days.
 
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