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‘Cheating’ Chinese player responds on social media following lurid accusations from angry ex-wife

China international Jiang Zhipeng responds to accusations about his marriage, saying the claims were one-sided and had damaged his reputation

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 March, 2017, 2:04pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 March, 2017, 10:27pm

China international Jiang Zhipeng responded to accusations about his marriage, saying the claims were one-sided and had damaged not only his reputation as a professional but also his family.

The defender, who plays for Guangzhou R&F in the Chinese Super League, said his relationship with ex-wife Zhang Ziyue ended in December after the court issued them a divorce after he filed the request in June 2014.

In his post Jiang said there was no such “third” person involved in the end of their relationship and that it was problems between he and Zhang that led to the end of their relationship.

He added that the court had made a decision on the allocation of the couple’s income and property.

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He also thanked Zhang for staying with him through the years and wished her well for the future.

Jiang apologised to his fans, saying the issues surrounding his personal life had brought problems for his teammates and the management.

Finally, he said he hoped to give his all in order to pay back his club and the national team.

Jiang was criticised by Chinese fans after making an error in the build-up to China conceding the goal in the 1-0 loss to Iran on Tuesday night in a crucial World Cup qualifier which all but ended China’s hopes of reaching the finals in Russia next year.

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Following the match his ex-wife, Zhang, posted accusations of his adultery to her Weibo account, saying the 28-year-old was regularly unfaithful during their four-year marriage and provided photos of Jiang and his alleged “mistress”.

Jiang made his debut for the national team in 2013 when he played for Shanghai Shenxin.