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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...