A man’s date with his mistress went wrong after his wife spotted them together on TV during the live broadcast of a football match.

The man in Harbin, Heilongjiang province took his mistress to a football game while under the guise of socialising with colleagues last week.

The man and his mistress were spotted among the audience because they weren’t wearing football shirts. Photo: Weibo.

The pair did not wear football shirts like most fans, making them stand out when a camera turned to the audience. The man’s wife and mother-in-law saw the pair on TV and “immediately went to the stadium to capture the mistress,” according to Tencent News.

The man’s wife and mother-in-law dragged his mistress out of the stadium. Photo: Weibo.

The angry mother and daughter dragged the mistress out of the stadium by her hair, all the while cursing her. The dramatic scene drew dozens of onlookers who recorded the incident on their phones.

The three women later got into a taxi while the man disappeared, according to witnesses interviewed by Tencent News.

It is not uncommon in China for women to be publicly shamed after they are found to be dating married men, while the men stay largely unblamed. In the past, scorned wives had been known to verbally and physically abuse their husbands’ lovers in public.

Earlier this month, a woman was stripped naked in the streets in Zhengzhou, Henan by her lover’s wife and friends of the wife.

Vivienne Zeng

Vivienne Zeng is a journalist from China with three years' experience covering Hong Kong and mainland affairs. She has an MA in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Her work has been featured on outlets such as Al Jazeera+ and MSNBC.