Football: Dropped China striker faces fine from club for poor attitude

Guangzhou Evergrande forward Gao Lin (left) and Kashiwa Reysol midfielder Yuta Nakayama fight for the ball during a match on Aug 25, 2015.
Guangzhou Evergrande forward Gao Lin (left) and Kashiwa Reysol midfielder Yuta Nakayama fight for the ball during a match on Aug 25, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Guangzhou Evergrande striker Gao Lin faces a 200,000 yuan ($44,744) club fine after China manager Alain Perrin said a poor attitude was the reason the forward had been left out of the World Cup qualifying squad.

The Frenchman had described the Guangzhou striker as "the best in China" but believed the 29-year-old, who has won more than 80 caps, lacked morale and willingness and so was left out of the 23-man party to face Qatar next month, Xinhua news reported.

The news agency said Guangzhou had implemented "Eight Regulations" to tackle attitude issues for domestic players.

Anyone left out of the national squad because of a lack of effort faced the 200,000 yuan fine.