China delay start to CSL season

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The year started in China with the Coronavirus hitting the country throughout. It was anticipated the outbreak would settle and that events in the country would not be concerned, this was unfortunately not the case. 

A result of the disease as therefore meant that China have had to delay the start to the new CSL season. 

CSL football postponed 

When the CSL season will start is currently unclear, as the league has been delayed indefinitely. As a statement read on the situation;


[The decision was made to help the] prevention and control of the pneumonia epidemic of the new coronavirus infection, and to protect the health of the majority of fans, media, players, coaches, game officials, clubs and district staff. 
The Chinese Football Association will continue to maintain close communication with national authorities, determine the timing of each season's events in combination with the actual development of the epidemic situation and make reasonable adjustments to the system, schedule, and scale of some events when necessary. 
On behalf of the majority of football workers across the country, the Chinese Football Association pays deep tribute to all medical workers and staff who are currently struggling in the frontline of epidemic prevention and control.

This comes after the Women's Olympic football qualifiers were moved from China to Australia. The outbreak has seen a delay with people returning to work too after the Lunar New Year Holiday.

Clubs and players keen to help 

In more positive news in relation to the outbreak, we have seen many people make large donations to help people affected. This has seen many clubs in China and players donate sums of money.

An example of this saw the Guangzhou Evergrande Group linked to the club donate almost £22 million along with many other clubs donating large sums.

The Chinese footballer Wang Shuang who is currently playing for PSG Women donated around £65,000. This had a larger impact on her too as she is from the town the outbreak started in, Wuhan.

Elsewhere the new coach in charge at China Li Tie donated over a £100,000 to the cause. There is thought to be even more players and clubs getting involved showing the China footballing world commitment to helping during this outbreak. 

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