Chinese youth ice hockey players brutally beat up opponents from Hong Kong in shocking footage that has gone viral on social media.
The beating erupted at the end of a National Youth Games match between two boys’ teams on Wednesday held in Chengde, northeast of Beijing, prompting the China Ice Hockey Association to ban several Chinese players for one year.
The Hong Kong team was winning 11-2 against the team from the mainland city of Shenzen when the attack on the players occurred, according to the South China Morning Post.
Hong Kong’s coach said the violence was “despicable,” “dirty,” and “a violation of sportsmanship”, Radio Free Asia reported. The Chinese sport officials said the brutal scenes were a “collision,” though the association assured that similar incidents won’t happen again. None of the players were seriously injured as a result of the beating.