Mon. May 16th, 2022

Chinese footballers have been urged to have their tattoos removed or risk being snubbed by the national team as the body work has been banned.
“The General Administration of Sport (GAS) have gone a step further than that of 2018 when players were forced to cover their tattoos to continue playing.” According to Dailymail.”
GAS outlawed tattoos and want players with tattoos to remove them to set a good example for the society.

‘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,’ the GAS statement said.

‘If there are special circumstances agreed by the team, (players) must cover up the tattoos during training and matches.’ 

China has previously wade into players appearance when they called off a women’s football competition in 2018 after they were told not to play with dyed hair.

Athletes are not allowed to dye their hair, grow long hair [for boys], wear weird hairstyles, or wear any accessories,’ rules of the Fujian Provincial Department of Education, reported by the South China Morning Post (SCMP), stated at the time.

‘Otherwise, they will be disqualified from the competition.’ 

Tattoos are not accepted in Chinese society but the popularity has increased among young adults and footballers.
This new rules look set to cause problem for young players with tattoos likely to result in expulsion of players from the national team.
Chinese national team players have been playing with covering their tattoos with tapes.

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is a soccer lover and writer. He is a graduate of Biological Sciences, presently teaching in a secondary in Lagos.

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