Beijing, March 24 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Football Association (CFA) Friday handed Shanghai Greenland midfielder Qin Sheng a six-month ban for deliberately stamping on an opponent.
Qin, 30, was also fined 120,000 yuan (about 17400 U.S. dollars) following the incident in the March 11 Chinese Super League match between Shanghai and Tianjin Quanjian, where Qin heavily stomped on Alex Witsel's left foot when the two were shoving each other for better position.
The match referee gave Qin his marching order on spot and Qin apologized on his social media account later on.
Qin also received severe punishment from his club as he was relegated to the reserves, and fined 300,000 yuan. What's more, his montly salary was cut down to a poor 2190 yuan by the club.
Another Shanghai midfielder, Sun Shilin also received punishment for the CFA -- a two-game ban and a fine of 10,000 yuan for giving a thumbs-up after Tianjin's Pato missed a penalty in the same match, which drew 1-1 in Shanghai.