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Chinese basketball team gets hefty fine for Mao parody

Five players at the bottom of the image are wearing red scarves, and the club wrote on the -like Weibo platform where published the picture: "Long live the red spirit."

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A top-tier Chinese team was hit with a one million yuan ($140,000) fine for a promotional image that swapped out Zedong for the club’s mascot.

Zhejiang Guangsha Lions apologised for the picture which was posted on and showed a lion in a Mao suit and red-starred hat, along with the slogan: “If you are backward, you will take a beating.”

The phrase is associated with the Opium War, the 19th century conflict between and , and the poster was heavily reminiscent of Communist Party propaganda from Mao’s era.

Five players at the bottom of the image are wearing red scarves, and the club wrote on the -like Weibo platform where published the picture: “Long live the red spirit.”

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Fining the team, the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) said that the “design of the poster showed seriously inappropriate information, causing an extremely negative social impact”.

Zhejiang blamed “serious negligence from design and review staff” and said that it had sacked staff responsible.

It stoked on Weibo, with some calling it the biggest fine in the CBA’s history but others demanding even sterner punishments for those behind it.

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