Football: China defender Jiang Zhipeng's wife raises red card after match gaffe

Iran's Vorya Ghafuri in action against China's Jiang Zhipeng (left) during the Fifa World Cup 2018 qualification match on March 28, 2017.
Iran's Vorya Ghafuri in action against China's Jiang Zhipeng (left) during the Fifa World Cup 2018 qualification match on March 28, 2017.PHOTO: EPA

BEIJING (AFP) - The wife of a Chinese player gave her husband a red card on Wednesday (March 29), claiming that spending too much time with his mistress led to his embarrassing gaffe in a crucial World Cup qualifier.

Jiang Zhipeng, a Guangzhou R&F left back, had a disastrous performance in Teheran against Iran Tuesday, when his header sent the ball to the opposing team, setting them up for the only goal of the game.

Chinese newspapers called the 1-0 match, a Fifa World Cup Asian qualifier, a "nightmare" showing for the national side.

Angry fans found a scapegoat when Jiang's wife revealed on social media that he had recently filed for divorce.

"For nearly three-and-a-half years out of our four-year marriage, he was sleeping with other women and now he is trying to drive me to an early grave," Zhang Zhiyue wrote.

She posted photos of Jiang snuggling with his alleged mistress, and begged the Chinese football association and the sports bureau of Guangdong province to "expel" him from professional football.

Many fans agreed: "His character is horrible. Kick him out of national football," one person wrote.

Chinese football authorities have not commented on the allegations.

The disgraced 28-year-old made his debut for the national team in 2013 and has been a popular player for the Guangzhou Chinese Super League club since 2014.