China to continue football reform despite Covid-19 outbreak

Sat 14 November 2020 | 16:59

CSL says that they will continue the reform published by the government in 2015 despite the Coronavirus pandemic.


Chinese Super League

(CSL) finished on Thursday and 

Chen Xuyuan

 expressed his satisfaction with the tournament. There were zero cases in the league after the Coronavirus outbreak. The Chinese Football Association says that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Chinese football will continue the reform.

"As I mentioned in late July when the postponed league kicked off, the paramount issue was to ensure the safety of the tournament. Our organizers have fulfilled this mission, which is a showcase that life is gradually back to normal in our country," Chen told Xinhua.

To continue the league without any damage to the virus, the

Chinese league

 was played in a tournament format in which 16 teams were divided into two divisions, and all players and staff were confined to the "Blue Area" which includes only hotels, training centers and parts of the stadiums.

"We still have to be cautious about the virus. Now we have the experience to operate the league in this format so the schedule of the following season will be more flexible and players don't need to be isolated for such a long period of time anymore," he noted.

"CFA has a very good relationship with the AFC. The epidemic prevention plan of the upcoming ACL in Qatar referred to the CSL precaution plan. The CFA has given special support to make sure our clubs are present in this year's ACL," Chen said.

The 64-year-old, who took charge in August of 2019, says that he will continue to promote football reform.

"Our professional league can barely achieve sustainable development, as you can see a total of 16 clubs have withdrawn from professional football in May due to financial crisis. The CFA will implement more policies to limit salary and expenditure," he said, adding that the independent operation of the CSL, like the Premier League in England, will be realized next year.

source: SportMob