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Shanghai Shenhua’s Qin Sheng banned for six months after stamping Axel Witsel

Shanghai Shenhua midfielder Qin Sheng has been handed a six-month ban by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) as further punishment for his stamp on Tianjin Quanjian’s Axel Witsel earlier in the month.

The ban is effective immediately, which means the former Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder is sidelined until September 12. Qin also receives an additional RMB120,000 fine from the CFA.

Qin was sent off after deliberately treading on Witsel’s foot in the game on March 11 and the 30-year-old had already been fined RMB300,000 by his club and moved to the reserves for the rest of the season.

The CFA has also handed a two-game ban and an RMB10,000 fine to Qin’s Shanghai teammate Sun Shilin for mocking striker Alexandre Pato after the former AC Milan man missed a late penalty in the same game.

Guangzhou Evergrande coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, meanwhile, will serve a one-game stadium ban when his side faces league leaders Shanghai SIPG next weekend following comments suggesting officials were favoring their big-spending rivals. The World Cup-winning coach was also fined RMB8,000.