China's Super League refuses to compromise its campaign

‘No empty stadiums, no extending the league into 2021 and no reduced season’: China’s Super League refuses to compromise its campaign as they plot return after coronavirus shutdown

  • The Chinese Super League was suspended before it was due to start in February
  • China’s FA have now outlined their plan to finally commence the 2020 season 
  • They are refusing to play games in front of empty stadiums or extend into 2021
  • If compromises are unavoidable, then the campaign will be cancelled entirely 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

The Chinese Super League will return as normal, or not at all, the Chinese FA have announced.

Football in the country was halted in February, before the new season could get underway, after the outbreak of the coronavirus in the city of Wuhan.

The country’s football governing body has now outlined plans to finally get the campaign underway in May, but have stated that they will not compromise on the quality of their product.

The Chinese Super League will return in it’s full capacity, or not at all, the Chinese FA have said

They have revealed a ‘Three Nos’ policy, whereby they will refuse to host games in empty stadiums, extend the lead into 2021, nor reduce the number of games in a season. 

According to South China Morning Post, the final decision will be taken on whether to continue next week.

In any event, while the season may be cancelled, the country’s FA Cup competition will still go ahead. 

Rafa Benitez’s return to Europe may be accelerated should the season be cancelled in China

Getting the season back up and running in China could prove tricky, with a large proportion of foreign players having left the country before lockdown measures commenced. 

As part of travel restrictions put in place by both China and their home nations, they are currently unable to return, although it is possible that special travel visas may help smooth out this problem. 

A cancelled season would throw up major problems for clubs in keeping their players and coaches. The likes of Rafa Benitez, manager of Dalian Yifang, have been linked with moves back to Europe, and a lack of action in China may accelerate that.  

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