China footballer Wang Shenchao banned for 12 months for sneaking a necklace on to the pitch against Myanmar
Defender hid the jewellery in his sock before putting it on after coming on as a substitute
The Chinese Football Association have banned China international defender Wang Shenchao for 12 months after he sneaked a necklace onto the pitch and wore it in a game against Myanmar.
Wang, who plays for Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League, had hidden the offending item in his sock and put it on immediately after he came on as a 60th minute substitute in the recent friendly game at Jiangning Sports Centre on May 26.
He wasn’t even on the bench for China’s next friendly against Thailand.
Voila ce qui a coûté 1 an de suspension à Wang Shenchao. Donc pas d'Asian Cup aux émirats pour lui. pic.twitter.com/qBiMgkFcVe
— Seb66 笨笨 (@seb_perpignan) 12 June 2018
The CFA have said that he can not represent China for 12 months while league leaders SIPG have fined him 20,000 yuan (US$3,123).
Wang will miss the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates next January.
While the punishment may seem harsh, Wang was in breach of the laws of the game as proscribed by Fifa and IFAB, the International Football Associations Board.
Jewellery is a separate point under Law 4 regarding the player’s equipment:
“All items of jewellery (necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, leather, rubber bands, etc.) are strictly forbidden and must be removed.”
Wang had apologised for his actions on Sina Weibo.
Wang Shenchao has apologised for putting jewelry in the game against Myanmar and promises 'better self-discipline and respect for rules in the game'. pic.twitter.com/jbXyI2IW1U
— Wild East Football (@wildeastfootbal) 4 June 2018
The CFA has dished out several punishments that have made headlines in recent years.
Wang’s SIPG teammate Oscar was suspended for eight games last season for starting a brawl in a game against Guangzhou R&F by deliberately kicking the ball at opposition players.
Shanghai Shenhua’s Sun Shilin was banned for giving Tianjin Quanjian’s Alex Pato a thumbs-up after the Brazilian missed a penalty.
Neither player was cautioned by the referee at the time but was punished retrospectively by the CFA.