Qin Sheng, who has also had his entire salary suspended for the rest of the season by his club Shanghai Shenhua, deliberately stamped on Witsel’s foot as the two jostled for position in the area.
After the players jostled for position in the box, Qin decided he would do anything to get an advantage.
The Chinese players stamps on Axel Witsel’s right foot in the bad tempered clash.
This was the moment Tianjin’s Axel Witsel crumpled to the ground after being stamped on by Shanghai’s Qin Jeng – the referee had little option but to show Qin the red card.
Witsel plays for Tianjin Quanjian. Qin, whose team-mate is Carlos Tevez, was shown a straight red card by the referee. Qin has also being fined £14,000 by the Chinese Football Association following the incident that happened on March 11.
Shanghai Shenhua released a statement after the ugly encounter, slamming the actions of their player.
The statement read: “This abominable behaviour, which is a personal, serious violation of regulations and sports ethics, has had a huge negative impact on the club and even Chinese football as a whole.
Qin the issued an apology on social networking site Weibo, describing his actions as “vulgar”.
He wrote: “In the previous game, I displayed severely irrational behaviour, causing an injury to an opponent, affecting the team’s result and creating a negative impression.”
The Chinese international vowed to make amends and said he accepted all punishments handed down by the club.