China bans players for breaking virus rules

SHANGHAI (AFP) – Six Chinese under-19 internationals have been banned from playing for six months after flouting coronavirus prevention rules.

The Chinese Football Association (CFA) suspended the six until the end of November and the players were hit with additional penalties by their clubs after they were discovered leaving the team’s training base without permission.

“It was a severe violation of the team’s epidemic control regulations,” Xinhua news agency quoted the CFA as saying.

They are banned from all matches organised by the CFA and will also not be allowed to feature for the national team.