n a refreshing change of pace, Chinese netizens are condemning one of their national team’s footballers after he tried to wave off kicking a Japanese opponent in the head during a match.
The incident came on Tuesday at the EAFF E-1 Football Championship in South Korea when Jiang Zhipeng jumped up for a kick that hit the ball just before connecting with the head of Daiki Hashioka. Jiang received only a yellow card for the foul.
Afterward, Jiang defended the obviously reckless move, declaring: “He hit my foot with his head.”
While initially some Chinese net users cheered Jiang for kicking the Japanese player, calling him a patriot, the tide has since firmly turned against Jiang.
“I’ve never seen such a shameless person,” wrote one Weibo user.
”Only Chinese football can bring Chinese and Japanese together,” commented another.
“Losers lose,” stated another simply. China lost the match to Japan, 2 to 1.