The Chinese Football Association (CFA) suspended Xiamen Lanshi defender
Gabriel Melkam for three matches and fined him 5,000 yuan (US$650) for wearing a
vest emblazoned with "Chinese umpires are all fakes".
On Sunday, the Nigerian import stripped off his team uniform after a 0-0 draw
against Chinese Super League (CSL) side Henan Jianye, revealing the undershirt
to journalists before a post-match press conference, local media reports said.
"Xiamen No. 4 Melkam displayed serious unsportsmanlike behaviour, which
harmed the league and brought a negative influence to bear on society," the
association said in a statement on its Web site.
Local media said Melkam's act was in response to a referee blunder in the
previous round that caused Xiamen to lose 1-0 to Shanghai Shenhua.
An injury-time goal was awarded to Shenhua striker Sergio Blanco, who League
officials later conceded was off-side.
Melkam's punishment was light as he had admitted his mistake and apologised
to officials, the reports said.
"Our punishments are not particular, they are for the education of all
players," CSL director Ma Chengquan said.