A Chinese high school team that won an international girls’ soccer tournament last week in Turkey had secretly bulked up its squad with players from the junior national team, Xinhua news agency reported.
The team from Daping Junior High beat other high school squads from Turkey, Brazil, Sweden and Italy in early round matches, before defeating a team from France in the semi-final and a German side in the final, Xinhua said.
While several of the junior national team players did attend Daping, the bulk of the team representing the school was made up of junior national team players who did not attend the school, Xinhua said in a report issued late on Thursday.
Official regulations posted on the International School Sport Federation’s Web site state that all players participating in the tournament must be enrolled full time in the schools they played for.
A spokesman for the Chinese Football Association said officials had noted reports of the latest incident, but offered no further comment.
• Uni-President Lions 7,
La New Bears 4
• Sinon Bulls 12,
Brother Elephants 4
• La New Bears v
• Brother Elephants v
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