A new directive has it that China has banned footballers from getting tattoos on their bodies and has also advised those who already have existing ones to remove or cover them up.
This was made known in a newly released statement by The General Administration of Sport of China (GAS), and according to the statement, this move is a “good example for society” and will set out disciplinary requirements for national team players.
In the new directive titled “Suggestions for strengthening the management of football players” it outlines some disciplinary requirements for national team players.
The statement read: “National teams at all levels will strictly implement the relevant requirements of the management measures … (and) fully demonstrate the positive spirit of Chinese football players and set a good example for 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.
“If there are special circumstances agreed by the team, (players) must cover up the tattoos during training and matches.”
According to the statement, in teams at the Under-20 level and below the recruitment of players with tattoos was “strictly prohibited”.
Adding that national teams should organize “ideological and political education activities” that would “strengthen the patriotic education” of players, which would “enhance the sense of mission, responsibility, and honour, and also create a national team capable of conquering and fighting well and with excellent style of play”.
China’s national team failed to qualify for the World Cup finals since making their debut appearance in 2002 and look set to miss out on Qatar 2022.
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