Chinese Defender's Wife Criticises His Adultery After Mistake in World Cup Qualifier Defeat

Callum Rice-Coates

​If Chinese defender Jiang Zhipeng's day wasn't bad enough after an embarrassing mistake that allowed Iran to score the game's only goal in a World Cup qualifier, it was made even worse when his wife got involved.

Having revealed that she has filed for a divorce, she then posted details on social media of his extramarital affairs.

“I supported him when he was still a poor lad and my mum treated him like her own son, my family even chipped in with 1 million RMB to cover the down payment for his house in Shanghai," said  Zhang Zhiyue.


“We didn’t have a wedding ceremony and our relationship was never made public.

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


She also reportedly  posted photos on social network Weibo of Jiang  with his mistress, and urged the  Chinese football association to "expel" him from professional football.

Chinese football authorities have not commented on the situation, and it remains unclear whether they will investigate events further.

The 28-year-old defender plays his football for Super League club  Guangzhou R&F, and made his international debut in 2013.  China are now second from bottom in their World Cup qualifying group, three points behind Syria and a point above 2022 hosts Qatar.

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