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Zheng Zhi ban limited to Asian Champions League
2005-12-05 01:41:00 www.sinosoc.com

Beijing, Dec. 5 (Sinosoc) -- The AFC has limited Zheng Zhi's six-month disqualification to the Asian Champions League after hearing Shandong Luneng's appeal on behalf of their star player.

Chinese international midfielder Zheng, who was banned for spitting at a match official during an Asian Champions League quarter-final tie with Al Ittihad, will now be able to play for his club from the start of the 2006 China Super League season, and can also represent the national team during the six-month period.

The ban is effectively non-existent, as Shandong failed to qualify for the 2006 ACL after losing the China FA Cup final to Dalian last month.

Zheng, 25, will also be able to trial for European clubs during the disqualification period, which ends on 9 May 2006.

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