BEIJING: A court in north-eastern China has handed down suspended jail sentences and fines to three people in connection with the near-fatal stabbing of Dalian Shide midfielder Quan Lei, local media reported on Tuesday.
In October, Quan was taken to hospital after being ambushed by attackers and stabbed several times as he got out of his car.
Police later said the case was a crime of passion and the attackers had been hired to kill him.
The court sentenced a woman, Zhao Yanhua, and two men to three years' jail suspended for five years, and fined them 1.2mil yuan (US$155,000), sports news portal Sina.com said.
The punishment was light because the attackers had paid for Quan's medical expenses and had co-operated during investigations. Quan had also requested that the court be lenient, the report said.
Local media reported Quan, 22, has resumed training with Dalian, but it would be several months before he could play competitively. Reuters
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