Chinese footballers who have tattoos can no longer play for the Chinese national football team under a new mandate from The General Administration of Sport, and enforced by the Chinese Football Association.
The General Administration of Sport (Chinese: 国家体育总局; pinyin: Guójiā Tǐyù Zǒngjú) is the government agency responsible for sports in mainland China. It is subordinate to the State Council of the People's Republic of China. It also administers the All-China Sports Federation and Chinese Olympic Committee.
The China national football team represents the People's Republic of China in international association football and is governed by the Chinese Football Association.
The Chinese Football Association is the governing body for association football, beach soccer and futsal in Mainland China. The CFA organizes the men's and women's national teams and administers the country's professional leagues as well as organizing the national knockout cup competition Chinese FA Cup.'
A tattoo is a form of body modification made by inserting ink, dyes, and/or pigments, either indelible or temporary, into the dermis layer of the skin to form a design. The art of making tattoos is tattooing. Tattoos fall into three broad categories: purely decorative; symbolic; and pictorial.
A taboo is an implicit prohibition on something based on a cultural sense that it is excessively repulsive or, perhaps, too sacred for ordinary people.