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Chinese basketball fans criticize US-China brawl

Aug 19, 2011 7:13:00 AM - thestate.com
Chinese basketball fans slammed a military team Friday for their part in an on-court brawl with visiting American players during a match that was supposed to promote goodwill during U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's visit.

Video footage of the fighting between the Georgetown University men's basketball team and the Bayi Rockets, the army's Chinese Basketball Association team, on Thursday night in Beijing spread on the Internet and worldwide TV news.

It showed players punching each other and throwing chairs, forcing play to end early.

"The Bayi team have really lost face now," wrote a user named anoia on China's popular microblog Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter. "No matter who is right and who is wrong, you have fought the visiting team as the host ... especially while their second man in charge is in this country."

It was the latest instance of on-court fighting by China, whose players have been fined tens of thousands of dollars by the world and Asian federations for scrapping with opponents.

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