Want to skip work in China during the World Cup? Buy a sick note

Chinese workers can fork over up to 300 yuan ($50) to buy official-looking sick notes so they can stay home to watch the World Cup.

According to some black-market investigating from The Telegraph, an underground network of counterfeiters are selling fake sick notes for soccer-mad fans looking to skip work and watch the games.

Website Taobao, the Chinese equivalent of eBay, is doing a booming business in fake excuses. However, the prices and effectiveness of the notes vary widely.  

The Telegraph managed to purchase one of the fancier notes. It appears to come from one of Shanghai’s best hospitals and reads: ”Diagnosis: upper respiratory tract infection. Suggestion: one day of sick leave.” It also includes several official-looking stamps.


(Image: Taobao/The Telegraph)

There are no guarantees that the notes will work, though. One unlucky customer posted on Taobao: “A fake. My company discovered and now I’ve been sacked.”

Many Chinese fans may wind up needing real doctors’ notes for sleep deprivation, as most of the World Cup games kick off between midnight and 6 a.m. local time.

(h/t Dirty Tackle)


Player drags ‘injured’ opponent off field, gets sent off immediately

After all of the time that has been wasted due to players milking injuries that may or may not be real, one player decided to take matters into his own hands.

In the 89th minute of a Chinese Super League match between Changchun Yatai and Shanghai Shenhua, Yatai was clinging to a 1-0 lead. After light contact, Yatai’s Matt McKay made it appear that he had suffered a rather serious injury.

In an effort to speed up the process, Shenhua’s Wang Shouting decided to physically drag his opponent off of the field. Both the opposition and the referee were not amused: Shouting was shown a red card and was sent off from the match.

After losing both Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba, falling into a financial crisis, and being charged with a six-point deduction for their part in a match-fixing scandal, Shanghai Shenhua may have hit a new low.