Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Zealand Coach Tony Readings Snubs China Counterpart at Women's World Cup

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Zealand Coach Tony Readings Snubs China Counterpart at Women's World Cup

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New Zealand coach snubs China counterpart

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WINNIPEG - Friendship was forgotten at the Women's World Cup in the wake of the 2-2 draw between New Zealand and China.

Monday's result sent New Zealand (0-1-2) home while China (1-1-1) advanced to the round of 16 as the second-place team behind Canada in Group A. The Kiwis needed a win to survive.

A jubilant China coach Hao Wei tried to shake hands with New Zealand's Tony Readings as he went past the New Zealand dugout after the final whistle but the Kiwi coach just shook his head in refusal.

Readings was upset at an incident late in the game when Hao appeared to get in the way on the sidelines as New Zealand's Roa Percival tried to throw the ball in and keep the play going.

Hao was dismissed from the technical area by the referee for his actions.

"It's just something that I don't agree with," Readings said later through an interpreter of Hao's actions. …

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