Taxi driver stabs two soccer players

2007-12-11 19:50:55 Xinhua English

BEIJING, Dec. 12 -- Shengyang police has detained a taxi driver who attacked two young soccer players with a knife after they refused to clean up vomit in his cab after a night out, the Beijing News said yesterday.

Wang Lin, a 22-year-old former striker from relegated Chinese Super League club Xiamen, was unconscious in hospital in Shenyang, capital of the northeastern province of Liaoning, after surgery for multiple stab wounds.

His friend Cao Chen, a former China youth international, was also injured but has been discharged from hospital.

In September, a court in the southern city of Shenzhen gave jail terms to two men involved in a 2005 knife attack on former China striker Chen Yongqiang.

In October last year, Dalian Shide midfielder Quan Lei suffered a near-fatal stabbing by several men as he got out of his car on the way to visit his father, media reported.

(Source: Shanghai Daily/Agencies)