How do you say PETER RAPHAEL/SIPA
When the fédé’football chinese to a problem, it goes wrong to find drastic solutions. While their championship is regularly shaken by cases of match-fixing involving referees, local, all-china Federation of football (AFC) has decided to firefight by directly importing the arbitrators of “high-level” from Europe to the matches the key of the end-of-season Super League.
In 2009, the investigations led to the arrest of dozens of people and sentences of imprisonment. Last month, the two clubs of Tianjin have triggered an investigation by the Federation after a landslide victory (4-1) of the Teda, threatened with relegation, on the Quanjian, training, favorite, and driven by former Italian international Fabio Cannavaro.
After the Swedish Jonas Ericksson, the instances of football have therefore decided to call on the services of Tony Chapron, to officiate, usually on the lawns of League 1. So this is the French referee bound for Shanghai where he will play from the whistle in Sunday’s match between Shanghai Shenhua and Tianjin Teda. Remains to be seen if there will not be a slight communication problem between the actors.