Footballer suspended and at risk of contract termination over horror leg-break challenge

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Shihao, 23, tackled Uzbekistan's Otabek Shukurov from behind, fracturing the midfielder's tibia during the China Cup competition this week.

"The club has decided to give Wei Shihao a one-month suspension and the player should report to the club's human resources department to have a deep self-examination," Guangzhou said in a statement. "The club will decide if he will be expelled based on his self-examination.

And Italy legend Fabio Cannavaro, who manages both Guangzhou and the China national team has subsequently defended the actions of his player.

"Wei is capable with his own special characteristics," Cannavaro said, as per ESPN. "He is better at attacking than defending.

"Wei is not a bad kid. His dedication and eagerness to win the game resulted in the incident."