DALIAN, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Shanghai Shenhua head coach Choi Kang-Hee has brought the Chinese Super League (CSL) organization into question when he hinted that defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande were favored to win the title.
Choi cut a fuming figure when he commented about his side's 3-1 loss to Guangzhou Evergrande at the post-game press conference last Saturday.
The translation of his comments were baffling.
"I don't have much to say, I thank my players for fighting to the end. I wonder what the point of their fighting, because this is Evergrande?" his interpreter translated.
After his words were carefully checked on Sunday and Monday, it turned out that he had said something more.
"I have nothing in particular to say. I want to say to my players 'thank you! You are very pathetic,'" he said.
"I can't make out why a match like this one should be held. Isn't it better to simply give the title to the Guangzhou side?" he said.
Choi was believed to have complained that Fabio Cannavaro's team was allowed to field six foreign-born players, including three naturalized players, in their win over Shanghai Shenhua.
The CSL stipulated that every team can field no more than four foreign players simultaneously this season. Enditem