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China's under-20 games in Germany called off due to protests

BERLIN (AP) The China under-20 soccer team's series of friendly games against fourth-tier clubs in Germany was postponed Friday because of the protests it could face.

The German soccer federation said in a statement that it had "substantial evidence of further escalation" against the team, which walked off the field during the first half of its game at fourth-division club TSV Schott Mainz last Saturday when a small group of spectators displayed Tibetan flags.

The China under-20 team had been due to face FSV Frankfurt for the second of its friendly games against teams from Germany's southwest division this Saturday, but that match - and the following scheduled games against Hoffenheim's second team and Wormatia Worms - were postponed at least until the winter break. The federation did not say when the games will take place.

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