A Chinese player’s wife claims that his extra-marital affairs are behind his embarrassing mistake in a World Cup qualifying defeat to Iran on Tuesday.
Jiang Zhipeng put in a disastrous display in Tehran, during which his mis-placed header set up the home team for the only goal of the game.
Jiang’s wife revealed on social media that he had filed for divorce.
“For three-and-a-half years out of our four-year marriage, he was sleeping with other women,” said Zhang Zhiyue.
“Now he is trying to drive me to an early grave.”
AFP news agency also report that she posted photos on Weibo of Jiang snuggling with his alleged mistress, and called for the Chinese football association and the sports bureau of Guangdong province to “expel” him from professional football.
Chinese soccer authorities have not commented on the allegations.
Guangzhou R&F defender Jiang, 28, made his debut for the national team in 2013.