Photo from Wild East Football
According to Wild East Football, a fan was hit by a car near Hongkou Stadium last Friday:
At around 11.30pm, Wu Zhaoming, nicknamed Xiao Ji, was crossing Dalian West Road near Dongtiyuhui Road in Hongkou District, not far from Shenhua’s home stadium, when he was hit by a vehicle which did not stop afterwards. A passer-by called for an ambulance, and he was taken to hospital, where he now lies in a coma with serious head injuries.
Wu is a flagbearer and drummer in the Blue Boys (Lanbao) ultra’s group who stand at the south terrace of the stadium. The Blue Boys are appealing for anyone who might have seen anything to come forward so that the individual who drove off in a most cowardly manner after hitting Wu might be apprehended.
The Blue Boys are also raising funds to pay for Wu’s medical treatment. There is no social medical insurance system in China and hospital bills are very expensive and unfortunately, 27-year-old Wu’s parents have both retired and struggling to pay the bills.
It’s a cautionary tale to not get too swung up in the moment that you don’t take note of the terrible driving that seem to happen at big intersections. But it’s also heartwarming to know that Shenhua fans are looking out for each other.
If you’re a Shenhua enthusiast and you would like to help Wu out, there’s two ways to go about it. The easiest is to donate something to any Blue Boy member collecting at the games on the street outside the ground, and at gates 18 and 3. You can also send money through Bank of China, with the details on Wild East Football.