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Friday, August 14, 1998 Published at 17:54 GMT 18:54 UK

World: Asia-Pacific

Two Chinese footballers join English club

The captain of the Chinese international football team, Fan Zhiyi, has joined the London club, Crystal Palace, on a four-year contract.

He and another Chinese defender, Sun Jihai, will be the first Chinese players to sign for an English club.

The deal was worth one-point-six million dollars.

The pair were targetted for transfer by the Crystal Palace coach, Ted Buxton, who is a former manager of the Chinese national team.

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