Anelka involved in Shanghai fan row

Shanghai Shenhua captain Nicolas Anelka was involved in an argument with a fan after their shock 1-0 defeat to bottom-of-the-table side Qingdao Jonoon.

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The Frenchman is currently the captain of the side despite having his future at the club has been cast into doubt previously when the board revoked his status as player-coach and hired current manager Sergio Batista without his knowledge.

The defeat against Qingdao left Shanghai one point away from the bottom of the table halfway through the season and the supporters were understandably frustrated by the team's performance, and matters were not helped by the fact that the team did not bow to the fans after the game together, as is customary in China.

One fan broke into the hotel lobby later where the players were based and shouted in English at Anelka: “Why don’t you bow with the rest of the team?”

The fan, who made apparently made the lengthy trip from Shanghai to Qingdao for the away match, was then taken away by security but appeared again when the team was boarding the bus, saying: “I took time off work and paid for flight tickets and a hotel to come to support you all, but you did what?”

Anelka responded, saying: "Why me? Why don’t you find a Chinese player?"

The fan then responded: "Because you are the captain and you should be responsible for this [bowing to the fans] - if you don’t respect us, we don’t respect you.”

The former Chelsea striker then ended the exchange and told the fan: "I don’t care.”

Shanghai Shenhua fans were split on the issue. Some argued that Anelka came from a different culture while others demanded more from their captain. However, there was a point of agreement that despite being one of the best paid players in the league at 234,000 euros a week, Anelka is a poor investman for the club having only scored two goals in 12 matches so far.

Anelka's former Chelsea team mate Didier Drogba has also joined the club and is expected to make his debut next week on 14 July against fourth-placed Beijing Guoan, who have signed Frederic Kanoute from Sevilla.

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