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 By Reuters

China ban Wang Shenchao for year for wearing a necklace

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 a national team game.

Wang, who plays for Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG, was shown 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 friendly win over Myanmar on May 26.

SIPG, who are currently atop the Chinese top-flight standings, have handed the...

 By Sean Nevin

Gareth Bale becomes Wales' all-time goal scorer as they thrash China

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Gareth Bale became Wales' all-time leading goal scorer thanks to a hat trick over China to ensure Ryan Giggs' spell as manager of the national side got off to an emphatic start.

Bale has endured a difficult season with Real Madrid this term, but he put his club woes behind him to dazzle the Chinese defence -- scoring his 29th goal for his country with his third goal of the night which saw him break Ian Rush's record haul.

Giggs admitted he had a sleepless night ahead of his first match in charge...

 By Ian Holyman

Nice vs Paris Saint-Germain watched by record 1.6m people in China

Dani Alves scored the goal that gave PSG the win against Nice.

A record 1.6 million people in China tuned in to watch stars such as Mario Balotelli, Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe go head-to-head when Nice faced Paris Saint-Germain in last Sunday's Ligue 1 game, the French Football League (LFP) has announced.

The game, which PSG won 2-1 thanks to a late Dani Alves goal, was scheduled at the earlier kick-off time of 13:00 CET in order to be available in prime time in China.

It was broadcast live by two stations, and taken either live or on a slight delay by...

Hong Kong to discuss law to imprison national anthem protesters

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Hong Kong authorities on Friday unveiled planned legislation punishing anyone who insults China's national anthem with up to three years in prison, after football fans have repeatedly booed it at matches.

The legislation also calls for anyone who is present when "March of The Volunteers" is played to "stand and deport themselves respectfully," and that it be required to be taught to students.

The anthem has become a political flashpoint in Hong Kong, a semiautonomous Chinese city where jeers...