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Senegalese footballer victim of racial abuse in China

PICTURED: Demba Ba

FORMER CHELSEA striker Demba Ba has said he was racially abused during a Chinese Super League game, according to his Shanghai Shenhua manager Wu Jingui.

The former Chelsea forward alleged he was the target of a racial slur by Changchun Yatai midfielder Zhang Li after they clashed during Saturday's (Aug 4) 1-1 Chinese Super League game.

"After the game, according to the supervising report, the Chinese Football Association immediately launched an investigation and will hold a hearing about the irregularities in this game," said the CFA statement.

"If it's true, the players involved will be dealt with seriously in accordance with the rules and regulations."

According to Channel News Asia, local media have reported that Changchun had denied the allegations.

The Chinese Football Association (CFA) said on Monday (Aug 6) it had launched an investigation into allegations as "they oppose any form of racial discrimination."

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