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China Has Issued a Crackdown on National Footballers Getting Tattoos

Among other international (and a little bizarre) football highlights, China has issued a crackdown on national footballers getting tattoos. The Chinese national football team has instructed players to remove or cover their ink as a “good example to society”.

Governing authorities have also issued bans on further inkwork for those within the Chinese Super League. These bans apply to stars selected for the country’s national team as well, indeed, especially.

The ruling comes following previous instances which involved Guangzhou defender Zhang Linpeng. Authorities had, at several separate occasions, ordered him to hide his tattoos while playing at both club and international level.

Now, China are conducting a broader (nation-wide) ban on tattoos for footballers who represent the country or local regions’ clubs.

China Has Issued a Crackdown on National Footballers Getting Tattoos

There is a growing percentage of high-profile players sporting tattoos in China, who wish to counter this, for some reason.

As a result, the General Administration of Sport of China (GAS) has now moved to shut down any further instances.

“National teams at all levels will strictly implement the relevant requirements of the management measures,” GAS announced in an edict.

The organisation added that the Chinese Football Association would issue disciplinary action against national team players who breach this ban.

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“[This will] demonstrate the positive spirit of Chinese football players and set a good example for society,” the statement continued. “The national team and the U23 national team athletes are strictly prohibited from having new tattoos, and those who already have tattoos are advised to remove them themselves.”

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