Shanghai Shenhua confirm Ighalo will be punished, give reasons

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Former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, will be sanctioned by Shanghai Shenhua, for violating their rules and regulations on social media.

Ighalo suffered a knee injury in his last international appearance against Tunisia and is currently undergoing rehabilitation in Spain.

The 30-year-old has been posting holiday photos and videos, even resulting in rumours that he could be set to join Barcelona.

His actions have left the Chinese club unhappy.

In a statement released by Shanghai Shenhua on Weibo, it was confirmed Ighalo will be punished, because his posts caused “great concern to Chinese media and fans.”

The statement read: “Recently, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua Football Club noticed a fact that player Odion Ighalo released holiday photos and videos on social media during his treatment of injuries in Spain. This incident caused great concern to Chinese media and fans, causing serious adverse social impacts,” the club wrote on their Weibo account.

“Shanghai Greenland Shenhua Football Club attached great importance to this matter and talked with Odion Ighalo. The club asked Odion Ighalo to put all his energy into rehabilitation and submit treatment and training reports to the club on time.

“He will be punished according to the regulations of the team discipline regulations.

“The Shanghai Greenland Shenhua Football Club requires all players to manage their personal social media. Any violation of the team’s rules and regulations on social media will be punished by the club.”