Ghanaian winger Frank Acheampong was sent off after reacting to a racial slur in the Chinese Super League Gameweek 19 fixture between Shenzhen FC and Henan Songshan Longmen on Friday.
Frank Acheampong in the 34th minute was racially abused by Henan Songshan Longmen center-back Cao Gu. The Ghanaian angrily reacted to the discriminatory act by punching the Chinese defender in the face.
Center-referee Yejun Huang without a second thought showed Frank Acheampong a red card. However, Cao Gu was unpunished for the ill and inhumane act which triggered Acheampong.
The red card played a huge role on the outcome of the game as Shenzhen FC went on to lose 3-1, leaving the team at the bottom of the league table after 19 games.
After the game, Frank Acheampong spoke to Ghanasoccernet.com to confirm he had been racially abused: “I have suffered racist insults and I could not hold back.
“I have been in China for the past five years and I love this country because China and the Chinese people are great. However it is unacceptable for any human to be subjected t racist insults let alone in the game of football.
‘I am normally a calm and level headed person but no one should accept any racist slurs or insults,” he added.
In the face of the ugly incident, Acheampong in the company of his translator were captured on camera in the tunnel after the game speaking to Cao Gu.
Cao Gu pleaded for forgiveness and Acheampong was heard saying: “I beg him, he should not do this to anyone.”
Meanwhile, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) is yet to react to the situation.