Crying foul in the world of Chinese football seems to involve events off the pitch as much as on it. The current crackdown has seen more than 20 officials, players and team managers arrested or detained in an attempt to clean up the sport (see WiC31). The man now in charge of the Chinese Super League, Wei Di, has told the Beijing News that the situation is so “complicated” that he doesn’t rule out the possibility of starting the season a week late. The season normally starts in March.
And it may also be without its lead sponsor, either. Pirelli is the league’s sponsor, but in the wake of the scandal the Italian tyremaker is “reviewing” the situation.
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