However, after watching footage from Friday's Battle of Shenyang, I have to worry that Hu & Wen's best efforts are not going to be enough to prevent a PR disaster (or even a series of PR disasters) at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
Nice crowd response during the playing of the Kimigayo. Very respectful. Very sporting.
As for the non-performance of the purported referees at this "friendly tournament", it reminds me of the umpire in Field of Dreams replying to the complaint of player who had nearly been drilled by another.
Player: "Hey Ump, how about a warning?"As for the cool of the Japanese players, I do not know whether to credit it to the insouciance of youth or an appreciation of the absurd danger of their predicament. From the replays, the young men of Japan responded to potentially disabling hackdowns by the Chinese side, ridiculous refereeing and a hostile crowd with little more than grins of disbelief.
Umpire: "Sure kid...watch out you don't get killed."