June 12, 2018 / 5:13 PM / 2 months ago

China's Wang banned for 12 months for wearing necklace on pitch

(Reuters) - China defender Wang Shenchao will miss the Asian Cup next January after being handed a 12-month ban by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) for wearing a necklace during the national team’s friendly win over Myanmar on May 26.

Wang, who plays for Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG, was caught on video pulling a necklace out of his socks and wearing it after coming on as a second-half substitute in China’s 1-0 win over Myanmar.

SIPG, who are currently atop the Chinese top-flight standings, have handed the 29-year-old a fine of 20,000 yuan ($3,125.40).

The South China Morning Post said that Wang’s harsh punishment comes as a result of the full back breaching the rules set by world soccer’s governing body FIFA and the International Football Association Board (IFAB).

The Asian Cup will be held from Jan. 5 to Feb. 1, 2019 in the United Arab Emirates.

($1 = 6.3992 Chinese yuan renminbi)

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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