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Changchun Yatai player accused of racially abusing Demba Ba

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during the 2nd leg of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Besiktas and Liverpool at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium on February 26, 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Richard Heathcote

BEIJING (AP) Chinese Superleague team Shanghai Shenhua has accused an opposing player of racially abusing its Senegalese star forward Demba Ba during a match Saturday.

Shenhua coach Wu Jingui told reporters that a Changchun Yatai player used racially insulting language toward Ba during an altercation late in the match, which ended in a 1-1 draw. The Shanghai team later published a Twitter post demanding that the Chinese Football Association take serious disciplinary action against the Yatai player, Zhang Li.

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The incident generated controversy on the Chinese internet, with fans calling for an immediate investigation.

A prominent Chinese sports blogger wrote on social media that Zhang allegedly shouted “You black” repeatedly at Ba.