(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