Tibet flag display causes China U-20 side to walk out of first match in Germany

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The match had to be delayed for 25 minutes after fans of TSV Schott Mainz unfurled a flag of the disputed region

China's U-20 side walked off the pitch during their first match in Germany after TSV Schott Mainz fans revealed a Tibet flag. 

The friendly was delayed for 25 minutes before fans agreed to put the flag away, resulting in the Chinese side returning to the pitch. 

The China U-20 team was controversially included in the fouth-tier Regionalliga Sudwest this season after just 19 teams qualified for the league. 

Needing to fill up the teams' fixture list, the side was added as part of a five-year agreement between Germany and China with the aim of improving Chinese youth football.

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Three of the league's 19 teams have refused to take part in the arrangement, with the other 16 teams set to face the Chinese youth side in a friendly during the second half of the season.

But the first match has already proved controversial, as many continue to push for Tibetan independence from China.

 

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