Police in southeastern China broke up an angry mob of fans that smashed and spat on a car carrying national coach Zhu Guanghu, local media reported on Monday.
Zhu, who attended a Chinese Super League match between home side Xiamen Lanshi and Tianjin Taida on Sunday, was accosted by “over-excited” fans as he left the stadium with former referee and friend, Chen Guoqiang, the Beijing Evening News said.
“The two got in their car at once, but a fan started smashing it and broke part of its bumper bar,” the paper said. Other people surrounded and smashed the car, before dragging Chen out of the driver’s seat and kicking him.
“Although Zhu was not pulled out, a few furious fans spat at the car door and window,” the paper added. Local newspapers showed pictures of policemen next to a white sedan encircled by dozens of people.
Zhu, who took the helm after China failed to qualify for last year’s World Cup finals, has endured repeated calls for his dismissal by fans and media irked by the national side’s slide down the world rankings.