By Bridget O’Donnell
A female reporter with the Xinmin Evening News in Shanghai, who was reportedly beaten up by Dalian Football Association secretary-general Guo Jun in Liaoning Province last weekend, is refusing to accept the club’s official apology for the incident.
According to China Daily, the reporter, Tao Xingying, said she was attacked by Guo and another man from the club after she and other reporters were interviewing members of Shanghai Shenhua following their win over Dalian Shide 1-0 Saturday.
The club issued an official apology statement on Monday, saying that Guo had been suspended. Another staff member, surnamed Yu, was considered responsible for the event and fired.
Tao’s account of the incident sounds pretty brutal:
Tao said she and other reporters were forced to leave while they interviewed the coach, and that she argued with Guo and the other staff member. She said Guo then grabbed her neck and cuffed and kicked her, and pulled her into a pool of water with the other man.
Dalian denied that Tao was grabbed by the neck. Tao has refused to accept the apology on her Weibo account, claiming that the Dalian Football Association had downplayed the event. She will take her case to the Chinese Football Association (CFA) and All-China Journalists Association.
The away game was a rare win for Shenhua, whose season has struggled with coaching drama despite signing superstar Nicolas Anelka.