John Hou Saeter, who is known as Hou Yongyong in China, was the first foreign soccer player to get Chinese citizenship. Photo: Handout

Chinese Football Association wants naturalised players to have ‘patriotic feelings’ and learn about the party

  • Directive issued by national soccer body says footballers who become citizens must study Chinese, the country’s culture and history
  • Clubs are to assign staff to track players’ thoughts and performance and file a written report to the CFA every month
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John Hou Saeter, who is known as Hou Yongyong in China, was the first foreign soccer player to get Chinese citizenship. Photo: Handout
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Zhuang Pinghui

Zhuang Pinghui

Based in Beijing, Zhuang Pinghui joined the Post in 2004 to report on China. She covers a range of issues including policy, healthcare, culture and society.