Although the 21-year-old played in the majority of China’s World Cup campaign he was deemed, at the initial appeal stage, not to have played the required 75% of ‘A’ internationals over the past two years.
The Club requested an early Appeal, conscious of the impending transfer window deadline.
Commented Director of Football, David Pleat: "After taking all matters into consideration, the tribunal decided that they could not grant a permit at
this stage in Qu Bo’s career. We have had a fair hearing and have to respect their view.
"However, it is very disappointing for both player and Club. We shall continue to monitor his progress."
At a Home Office hearing today, the Club’s application to obtain a work permit for Chinese international Qu Bo was rejected.