he Chinese national team played a draw with the team of Saudi Arabia in the match of the third qualifying round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The meeting, held in Shanghai, ended with the score 1:1. As part of the hosts, Zhu Chenjie scored (82nd minute). Saleh al-Shehri (45+1) scored the ball for the guests.
In other matches, the Syrian national team defeated the Lebanese on the road (3:0), and the Vietnamese footballers lost to the Omani team at home (0:1).
The Saudi Arabia national team, which scored 20 points, ranks second in the standings of group B. The team ahead of schedule guaranteed itself access to the finals of the World Cup in Qatar. The Omani team (11 points) is in fourth place, the Chinese (6) are in fifth, the Vietnamese (3) are in sixth. In group A, the Lebanese (6) are in fourth place, the Syrians (5) are in sixth.
Over the past year, China has undergone large-scale reforms of local football. Transfers of European stars with space contracts are a thing of the past - now the country has a hard limit on foreign players and a salary ceiling (3 million euros per year for foreign players and 625 thousand for the Chinese).
But the Chinese Communist Party went even further - from now on, football will be strictly regulated not only from a financial, but also from an image point of view. True, the steps for this are not the most popular. Recently, China's General Administration of Sports (GAS) adopted a "Proposal to Strengthen Supervision of Football Players".
The Chinese authorities have officially banned football players from getting tattoos. First of all, the players of the national team received instructions - they are advised to remove the tattoo, otherwise it is mandatory to cover them with bandages or long sleeves.
“National football players are prohibited from getting tattoos,” the GAS said in a statement. Those with tattoos are advised to have them removed. In special cases, tattoos must be covered during training and matches.”