The People’s Daily editorial read: “China does not welcome a player like this; nor does China welcome a team like this. “It is regrettable that he has said such nonsense. He has created an incident that has humiliated China, an incident that so many fans simply cannot tolerate.
“Kenedy’s absurd comments are not only impolite, but also uneducated.”
Now Kenedy will play no further part in the club’s tour and has flown home from Singapore, with his Chelsea future now almost certainly under threat. It is believed he was also fined after Chelsea admitted he had been “strongly reprimanded and disciplined”.