|Zheng Tao of China's Olympic soccer team covers his face in pain after getting hurt in a brawl which broke out during a friendly with Queens Park Rangers in West London February 7, 2007. [sina]
England Football Association (FA) officials are to investigate how a match between China's Olympic team and Queen's Park Rangers ended with a Chinese player hospitalised.
Police were called after the game at Rangers' training ground in west London Wednesday was abandoned by Premier League referee Dermot Gallacher in the second half following amassbrawlin which China's Zheng Tao was knocked unconscious.
He was taken by ambulance to hospital with a suspected broken jaw, the BBC reported. Chinese reports said captain Chen Tao also needed treatment at hospital.
The unusual circumstances of the game - it was not an official match - mean it could be difficult for the FA to act.
Referee Gallagher is expected tofile a reportwith England's Football Association.
"If this incident is reported by Mr. Gallagher then, of course, we will be investigating it fully," the FA said.
Footage of the fight aired Thursday in China, showing ChinastrikerGao Lin throwing punches after being picked up by a Rangers player. Both players fell to the ground, then others joined the fight.
Web portalSina.com said Zheng had broken his jaw and lost a tooth in the clash.
"I've never seen anything like it in my life," said a witness. "There were punches, kung-fu kicks and all sorts. It was absolutemayhem."
QPR, in the English second division, was leading 2-1 at the time in a match that was part of China's ongoing tour of England, where they are based at Premiership champions Chelsea's training ground in Cobham, south of London.
A toughtackleon Gao Lin sparked the incident, with Gao lashing out.
Eight players including Gao, who apologised for the fracas, will be sent home from London early as punishment, China's Sina.com website reported.
"Because of me an incident occurred during the match with Queen's Park Rangers which severely damaged the reputation of the Chinese Olympic team. I sincerely apologise to everybody concerned," Gao said in a statement.
Assistant coach Jia Xiuquan also apologised for the Chinese team.
Countries are only allowed tofieldUnder-23 players in Olympic competition and 2008 hosts China are in England preparing for next year's Beijing Games.
The Chinese Olympic team was invited to train in London by Premier League club Chelsea, which is trying tomake inroads intoChina's lucrative sports market. Chelsea launched a new Chinese-language Web site last month in Beijing, and announced new sponsorship deals in China.
The Chinese team, as part of its stay in England, also scheduled several friendly matches, including Wednesday's game.
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