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China sets tattoo ban on professional football players

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Governing authorities in China have issued a tattoo ban on footballers competing in the Chinese Super League as well as for the nation.

China has implemented a shocking tattoo ban on football players in order to set a “good example to society”.

Government officials have instructed footballers to either remove or cover their markings while playing. Along with that, there is a ban on getting inked from now on within the Chinese Super League and for the national team.

The strict protocols were issued following an incident in the past with Guangzhou defender Zhang Linpeng. He was asked to hide his tattoos while playing for both club and country levels.

As a result of the growing rate of elite players getting tattoos, the General Administration of Sport of China (GAS) seized any future possibilities.

The Chinese Football Association announcement read: “National teams at all levels will strictly implement the relevant requirements of the management measures.”

“[This will] 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.”