The Chinese national team has banned six players from all football for six months for breaking a curfew designed to stop the spread of Covid-19.

SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 12:  A general view of the Shanghai skyline at night prior to the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards on April 12, 2015 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images for Laureus)
SHANGHAI, CHINA – APRIL 12: A general view of the Shanghai skyline at night prior to the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards on April 12, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images for Laureus)

Six players broke curfew to go drinking, leaving the 35-player training camp in Shanghai that began on May 17 and ended this weekend.

The players, all members of the Chinese u19 squad, will now be forced to sit out their club’s matches until the end of November because of the breach.

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“It was a severe violation of the team’s epidemic control regulations, and caused negative impacts on the whole team,” the CFA was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency.

The players are also expected to be punished further by their clubs and with no official union to represent them (unlike the PFA in England), the players will have no choice but to accept whatever punishment they are given.

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