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Five Chinese professional clubs disqualified in the 2020 season

Five Chinese professional clubs disqualified in the 2020 season

Five clubs Liaoning Hongyun, Zibo Sunday, Yunnan Kunlu, Hunan Billows and Baoding Yingli Yitong are on the verge of not being able to compete this season due to the violation regarding player salary.

The clubs mentioned above are alleged to not have paid the salary for their players, coaches and staff.

The Chinese Football Association (CFA) has set up rules since last year, which states that any club failing to fully deal with the wage debt on time will not be eligible for the following seasons.

The CFA has received the papers from Liaoning Hongyun, Zibo Sunday, Yunnan Kunlu, Hunan Billows and Baoding Yingli Yitong that are supposed to prove their legitimacy in this matter since February 28.

Except for Zibo Sunday who finished 4th at the 2019 China League Two, most of these clubs performed horribly in the last season and ended up at the bottom of the table. Yunnan Kunlu were even relegated from the China League Two.

The only China League One side in this list, Liaoning Hongyun, were reported to lack some key documents regarding the payments. Their players even admitted that they were not paid for the whole 2019 season.

Some of the high-profile clubs in China like Shanghai SIPG, Shanghai Shenhua were also used to be alleged to have delays in the salary payment for their players, including stars like Oscar or Carlos Tevez.

The CFA has been more strict recently concerning the clubs’ financial status with drastic actions like the birth of the salary cap and the club finance department.