According to Shanghai Online news portal, local media who regularly attend the club’s training sessions were “shocked” by the odd scenes. The club’s Chinese players turned up late, with Nicolas Anelka, Joel Griffiths and Brazilian defender Moises turning up even later to join in the leisurely stroll.
After 20 minutes, the players stopped walking and simply hung around checking their phones or chatting. Wang Dalei, dressed in “hip hop” attire according to the report, played an informal game of basketball with Anelka. Head coach Sergio Batista was also pictured talking with the players and appeared to be in support.
(Memo to Wild East Football: if you quote another newspaper’s coverage in your “exclusive” report, you probably don’t have an exclusive)