Footballer killed in street brawl

Updated: 2007-07-25 11:30

Chinese football has been further hit by the news that a footballer received a fatal blow death in a street affray last week.

Shanghai-based reports the victim Zhang Jianwen, a former player of the Qingdao Hailifeng, a team that nurtured Yu Dabao who is playing for Portuguese powerhouse Benfica, died in a local hospital in Qingdao last Wednesday after being thrashed into a coma.

Zhang and some of his friends were reported enjoying drinks at a local street barbecue stall on July 18. But a tussle broke out after Zhang and his fellows scolded the dealers for tardy service.

During the tussle, Zhang was knocked down but flickered before receiving more punches to his body. His skull was cracked by a beer bottle.

Zhang entered the Qingdao side in 2002, but in 2005, failed to register in China's second football division, starting a new career in the amateur football league.

Reports on players' victimizations in such bloody incidents have become frequent in China in recent years. Three footballers from the Chinese Super League, Lu Bofei from Shenzhen, Quan Lei from Dalian and Ma Yongkang of Qingdao, were injured by gangsters in 2006.

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