Chai Lei, No. 22, of Wuhan Hongxing kicks the back of Wu Xi, third right, of Jiangsu at the end of the match.
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Chinese football authorities launched an investigation Thursday after a mass brawl erupted at a Cup match involving big-spending Jiangsu Suning, with one player receiving a kung fu-style flying kick.Violence broke out when towering Jiangsu striker Ge Wei scored in the ninth minute of extra time for a 1-0 win against amateur side Wuhan Hongxing, prompting enraged Wuhan players to attack the visiting team.The ruckus saw Chinese international midfielder Wu Xi receive a flying kick to the back as fists flew and combatants chased each other across the pitch.With international interest at an all-time high following the capture of a series of top players, national media lamented that the incident would reflect badly on Chinese football.
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