To keep away from a repeat of refereeing controversies from the primary part of the Chinese language Tremendous League, the Chinese language Soccer Affiliation invited two South Korean referees, Ko Hyung Jin and Kim Hee Gon, to supervise some key matches through the second part of the league, together with the sport between Beijing Guoan and Shandong Luneng. Nevertheless, their try appeared to fail. A major controversy got here when Luneng’s second objective was disallowed, which enabled Guoan to eradicate Luneng 4-3 on mixture.
The end result irritated Luneng followers and plenty of gamers expressed anger in direction of the referees on social media. Hao Junmin, captain of Luneng, posted: “No principles, no fairness, no capability, no bottom line” on his Weibo. Róger Guedes, a Brazilian participant for Luneng, stated “shame this is not football” on his Instagram story. One other Brazilian participant, Moisés Lima Magalhães, additionally despatched “Shame” in Portuguese on his Instagram. In addition to athletes, irritated followers poured into totally different football-themed platforms to depart feedback that “bad calls were, are, and will continue destroying Chinese football.”
Anger from the Luneng aspect has been accumulating for some time. Within the first part between Shandong Luneng and Beijing Guoan, referee Shen Yinhao awarded Beijing Guoan a penalty after which allowed Beijing’s equalizing objective to face, which made Luneng lose its lead. On each events, Luneng gamers questioned Shen’s choices and requested him to examine the video however Shen ignored their pleas. The sport lastly ended 2-2 and Luneng believed that they’d have gained if that they had obtained truthful remedy.
The membership itself wrote to the Chinese language Soccer Affiliation to complain, however followers weren’t glad with simply the letter. They checked Shen’s revealed papers and located that his paper Analysis on the Causes and Countermeasures of the Psychological Stress of Faculty Pupil Soccer Referees, revealed within the Journal Sports activities Trend, was suspected of plagiarizing Lu Yunfei’s College Soccer Referee Analysis on the Causes and Countermeasures of Stage Fright, which was revealed 5 years earlier. Luneng followers claimed that the content material of Shen’s paper was nearly the identical as Lu’s work and Shen solely made some modifications within the paragraph order. What’s extra, Shen’s grasp thesis was additionally suspected of plagiarism. As a college member within the Bodily Training Division of Tongji College, Shen quickly left his referee work and returned to Shanghai to defend the plagiarism prices. The case remains to be beneath investigation. If Shen is discovered responsible, his diploma and college place can be revoked and he would possibly obtain additional punishment from the Chinese language Soccer Affiliation that may threaten his qualification as a FIFA-listed referee.
After Shen was reported, the affiliation determined to ask a overseas referee for the second spherical and Kim Hee Gon, a Korean worldwide referee, was chosen. The sport went easy within the first 70 minutes with one objective for both sides, however within the 69th minute, when Guedes scored once more, giving Luneng the lead, there was extra controversy. After viewing the VAR, Kim worn out the objective because the referee dominated Guedes had fouled within the buildup. Whereas Luneng gamers had been fuming over Kim’s choice, Beijing kicked one other objective into the web simply two minutes later. Nevertheless, Renato Augusto, who assisted the objective, was suspected of a handball. Within the final thirty minutes of the sport, Luneng poured ahead aggressively, however fortune was not with them and so they needed to settle for the truth that they had been eradicated from the semi-final.
When the sport ended, infected Luneng coaches and gamers rushed in direction of and bombarded Kim and his colleagues. The referee crew needed to go away the sphere with the safety of police. Nevertheless, Jin Jingdao, a midfielder for Luneng, claimed that it was not Kim’s choice to wipe out the objective, however the VAR’s. Though Jin deleted this submit later, Ma Ning, who was working because the video assistant referee within the recreation, was nonetheless pushed beneath the highlight. Luneng followers instantly began to examine Ma’s publications and reported he as soon as revealed his identical papers in a number of journals concurrently 13 years in the past, which was forbidden.
Soccer referees are shedding trusts and respect from soccer supporters. Ten years in the past, in a nationwide crackdown towards corruption within the soccer discipline, a gaggle of referees had been accused of match-fixing scandals and sentenced to jail, together with Lu Jun, who was the primary Chinese language referee to oversee the World Cup. Since then, Chinese language soccer has been making an attempt onerous to rebuild its credibility. This yr, the affiliation launched a brand new coverage to punish misjudgments. If a referee makes a nasty name, the individual can be suspended for not less than one match and at most eight matches. The Chinese language Soccer Affiliation hoped to coach native referees with excessive requirements and choose excellent ones to be certified for the World Cup two years later. Nevertheless, there may be nonetheless an enormous hole for Chinese language native referees to succeed in the identical stage as worldwide elite referees.
The entire farce mirrors the messy surroundings of Chinese language soccer. After the 2002 World Cup, Chinese language soccer had been trapped in a vicious cycle: poor efficiency in worldwide video games, a big-money contract to ask overseas coaches or naturalize gamers, and disappointing worldwide performances. Followers can do nothing however take to social media to sentence the crew. The efficiency of a neighborhood referee irritated followers. To keep away from controversies, the league spent $300 per day to ask overseas referees however dangerous calls nonetheless persevered. Equally, powerless followers couldn’t problem the affiliation instantly; subsequently, they switched to the academia discipline and wished to seek out blots on these referees’ previous. A standard mistake made right here was to deal with the signs however not the foundation trigger, and thereby the general scenario has not been improved.
Many individuals blamed followers for his or her craziness and believed that they need to separate a referee’s academia historical past and profession. Actually, we must always not encourage soccer followers to examine folks’s previous at any time when they’re dissatisfied with a name, however their actions alarmed soccer professionals that followers’ persistence has been working out. Native referees definitely want room and time for progress, however the development of the present referee coaching system can not wait. The event of Chinese language soccer isn’t solely about these 11 who run within the discipline, but in addition associated to those that watch video games, those that commentate video games, those that supervise video games, and those that handle video games.