CFA to introduce 'oxygen breaks' as amateur side granted new sky-high home

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The bizarre ruling comes into effect from the third round of the 2017 China Amateur Football League, where the home side will host Shenzhen Pengcheng

The Chinese Football Association have passed an application from amateur side Lhasa Chengtou to play home games at the world's highest stadium, though have ruled there must be regular 'oxygen breaks'.

The fourth-tier club will now play their home games 3700 metres above sea level at Lhasa Recreational and Sports Centre, situated in the capital of Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous region.

As well as breaks in play every 15 minute to cope with the altitude, the CFA have also ordered Chengtou to ensure visiting players and staff are provided with sufficient oxygen and any necessary medical care and services throughout their stay in Lhasa. All players will be allowed to be given additional oxygen whenever they need it during play.

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The rule comes after FIFA's decision to sanction water breaks to players for matches taking place in soaring temperatures, seen during the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

The first opposition to test the Lhasa facilities will be Shenzhen Pengcheng, who meet Chengtou in matchday 16 on September 10.

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