The Shenzhen Ruby F.C. players made their voice heard Tuesday, as they refused to play the first 30 seconds of their match against Shandong Luneng.
The Shenzhen club reportedly haven't paid for their players for months -- the squad is owed more than 6 million RMB.
The players did not put in much of an effort the rest of the game as Shenzhen lost 5-0. All the drama derived the Shenzhen players protest of not getting paid.
Just after the kickoff, a surprising scene unfolded on the pitch. All the 11 Shenzhen players turned their back towards the opposition. 30 seconds after this, the game resumed but the Shenzhen players did not play hard.
In the second half, injuries and cramps on the Shenzhen side interrupted the match repeatedly. Using up all their substitutes, Shenzhen were reduced to only 7 men on the pitch at a time. Finally Shenzhen lost the match 5-0.
The Shenzhen club reportedly haven't paid for their players for months -- the squad is owed more than 6 million RMB. The players requested their money several times but all they got were IOUs. Therefore they decided to resort to passive play for attention.
Greentown win shootout 5-4 after 2-2 extra time draw
Also on Tuesday, Beijing Institute of Technology FC hosted Hangzhou Greentown. Hangzhou would lead l-0 --- but an own goal from of Cao Haiqing later tied things at two --- and in fact that was the last goal scored so the two sides had to square off in penalties.
Beijing's Puerto Rican international Abel Nazario missed, while Hangzhou were 5 for 5. Thus Hangzhou eliminated Beijing and reached the last 16.