BEIJING: Chinese corporations pouring money into European clubs might also consider increasing their investment in the domestic game after a World Cup defeat by Syria left China facing a World Cup qualifying exit.

Disappointed fans demanded the resignation of the president of China’s football association after Thursday’s 1-0 victory in Xi’an.

China are 78th in the world while war-torn Syria are 114th, just ahead of North Korea. The Chinese face Uzbekistan on October 11 which will decide if they qualify.

Tencent’s sports website said large group of fans gathered on the streets outside the Zhuque stadium, demanding the resignation of Cai Zhenhua, president of the Chinese Football Association after the game.