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No Beckham hairstyles for China soccer trainees

February 29, 2004
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He may be a fantastic role model for kids, the perfect husband and a doting dad, but David Beckham is not one to look up to in terms of hairstyling according to the China Football Association.

While the soccer ace’s ’dos have become something of a legend – he was sporting a dashing new plaited and beribboned style this week at the launch of a soft drinks ad – the Chinese authorities have banned the country’s under-17 team from copying his familiar ponytail. Also out are other “weird” styles such as the shaved look favoured by Becks’ team-mate Ronaldo.

Apparently, the young Asian players must learn to become “true men” before indulging in any of the fancy barnets favoured by international sporting aces. “Dyed hair, long hair and weird hairstyles are all strictly prohibited in the training camp and all players must cut hair short,” directed a ruling by the Chinese Football Association.

Addressing the young trainees, CFA youth department director Feng Jianming said: “You must learn how to behave as a true man before becoming a soccer star.”

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Hairstyles such as Becks' ponytail have been banned for the China under-17 team, as have all other "weird" 'dosPhoto: © AFP

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