China pulls U20 football team out of Germany over Tibet protests

first_img0Shares0000The U20 project has courted controversy and become a diplomatic headache for Berlin and Beijing after a pro-Tibetan independence protest during a match in Mainz on November 18 © dpa/AFP/File / Hasan BraticBEIJING, China, Nov 26 – The Chinese FA said Sunday that its under-20 team will return home from Germany after indefinitely suspending its tour over protests by activists who unfurled Tibetan flags at a game.The youth team had been scheduled to play a series of friendlies against German fourth-tier sides until May, aimed at improving China’s chances at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But the project has courted controversy and become a diplomatic headache for Berlin and Beijing after a pro-Tibetan independence protest during a match in Mainz on November 18.The German football association (DFB) said last week that the Chinese under-20s would not play the three matches scheduled before the end of the year.Then on Sunday its Chinese counterpart, the CFA, added: “It has been decided to pause the U20 project and arrangements have been made for the team to return home.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more