Football loco: China 'keeper told to 'meditate' after dogs and morons rant
Published 13/11/2010 | 05:00
ONE of the basic truths about football is that goalkeepers are all mad -- it comes with the job.
Rene Higuita, Jens Lehmann, Oliver Kahn, Fabian Barthez -- the names conjure up images of 'keepers trying to take on defenders or verbally abusing frightened ball-boys.
Well, now we can add the name Wang Dalei to that venerable list. The Chinese national 'keeper -- whose name apparently means 'Big Thunder' -- has been suspended indefinitely by his country from the Asian Games after he told fans and the media they were all "dogs and morons."
Wang said he was hurt following criticism of his display against Japan, when he was directly at fault for one of the goals in a 3-0 defeat.
The 21-year-old posted on his microblog: "It would be flattery to call you fans. You're just a bunch of dogs. You bunch of morons are the main reason why Chinese football can't make progress. You throw in stones after a man has fallen into a well.
"I heard there's more than 7,000 football journalists in China, and I estimate at least 4,000 of them hate football. Is that really necessary? When opponents score, I'm a moron. When I make a save, I'm still a moron...I'm not Spiderman."
Wang was demoted to the bench for Wednesday's 2-1 win over Kyrgyzstan, while Chinese football officials reacted to his comments by ordering the player to "meditate on his actions."