While the Chinese Super League has been a payday heaven for big names outside of this rising power in the East, as with any competent world league, it’s not for everyone. Ramires, formerly of Chelsea and now a part of title-chasing Jiangsu Suning (9-5-3, 32 points, second in the CSL), learned that cold hard truth the hard way and the long way. In a 2-1 loss to relegation-bound Shandong Luneng, Ramires was sent off and he nearly succeeded in attacking the referee and causing an all-out brawl.
Naturally, this is going to result in a long suspension and possibly affect Jiangsu’s situation in chasing Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao, who are running away with what could be yet another CSL title despite being eliminated from the AFC Champions League. This is a player that was transferred from Chelsea for £25m.
It is understandable to know that the Chinese Football Association stand to lose a lot of energy and excitement to the league by landing a heavy sanction on Ramires. It should be considered that Ramires’ teammates did hold him back and because the situation did not escalate, a severe sanction instead of just a two or three game suspension with a reasonable fine would come as a harsh surprise.
Jiangsu Suning, as they currently stand, are on pace to return to the AFC Champions League and have enough talent to keep their matches competitive. Imports Jo, Alex Teixeira, Trent Sainsbury and Sammir are capable of acquitting themselves in Ramires’s absence.
Nonetheless, knowing that the Chinese Football Association takes a very dim view of such robust brain explosions, a view that is dimmer than dim sum (again, as with my piece on Pelle’s move to the aforementioned Shandong, see what I did there?), Ramires may be facing the musing, if not be forced on his way out of China. The transfer window is still going on. Perhaps Jiangsu would be wise to cut its losses and get rid of its No. 1 troublemaker. Suning, as things stand, will be fine with or without Ramires.
The Suning Group have a controlling stake with Inter Milan and reports indicate they are willing to sell their best players to the Nerazzurri. Jiangsu vice-president Sun Weimin told reporters, “Our goal is to make Inter become a world-class club, if the Jiangsu players can help then all the better.” Could this incident push Ramires back to Europe?
Ramires would be keen on the move as he told Gazzetta World, “I’d love to play in Italy. But as I said, at the moment there is nothing concrete.” He continued, “If circumstances should change, then I will talk with my agent and with my family to define what may be the best scenario for my future.”