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Mikel Obi’s club and 12 other Chinese teams set to be banned due to unpaid salaries

A total of 13 Chinese Super League (CSL) clubs including John Mikel Obi’s Tianjin TEDA, could forfeit their participation next season, after failing to pay their players salaries.
The clubs in question have been informed they must settle their arrears by August 15 and send proof to the Chinese Football Association (CFA) or face being denied entry to the league.

The clubs include:

Super League: Shanghai Shenhua, Shanghai SIPG, Beijing Guoan, Changchun Yatai, Chongqing Dangdai Lifan, Hebei China Fortune, Guangzhou Evergrande, Guangzhou R&F, Jiangsu Suning, Liaoning Whowin, Shandong Luneng Taishan, Tianjin Quanjian, Tianjin TEDA.

League One: Beijing Renhe, Dalian Transcendence, Shanghai Shenxin, Shijiazhuang Ever Bright.

League Two: Qingdao Jonoon.

The teams were named in a July 11 correspondence between the CFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Five lower league sides have also been accused of failing to pay some of their players’ salaries and bonuses.

Only Yanbian Fude, Henan Jianye and Guizhou Hengfeng of the 16 top tier sides have met their financial obligations.

Six months after the Chinese government moved to intervene in club spending, came this controversy.


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