Following a disappointing draw with arch rival Hong Kong in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification round that all but squashed China’s World Cup ambitions, an angry fan showed dissatisfaction on Tuesday night by hacking the website of the Chinese Football Association (CFA).

A letter from a self-proclaimed angry fan replaced the CFA website on Tuesday evening.

The hack occurred close to midnight, replacing the CFA’s homepage with a note criticizing head coach Alain Perrin’s strategy and accusing CFA president Cai Zhenhua, a former professional ping pong player, of unprofessionalism.

The hacker then called on CCP’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection to open an investigation into corruption inside the CFA. The intruder claimed to be a “bitterly disappointed Chinese soccer fan.”

China’s netizens expressed mass outrage last night following the draw, criticizing everything from the team’s strategy to the CFA’s management. Fans called on coach Perrin and CFA president Cai Zhenhua to resign, the later of whom is even called “Ping Pong Cai” by Chinese netizens and soccer fans as a satire of his ignorance on the soccer sport.

More than 50,000 unhappy Chinese netizens expressed their dissatisfaction in a poll by the website Sina [in Chinese] after the match, in which 43 percent of them said the result made them angry, while 28.6 percent said they were disappointed.

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“We have a lot of time left for China team…to prepare the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.” mentioned one cynical fan in a popular comment circulating Chinese social media.

Wang Boyuan

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