Chinese clubs fear for their players mental health because of CSL restart rules


Chinese Super League clubs have stated that they fear for the mental health of their players because of the restart rules put in place by the CFA (Chinese Football Association) in order for the league to start on 25th July.

CSL restart rules force clubs to stay in the same hotel for two months, as clubs fear for players mental health

The Chinese Super League (CSL) will restart on the 25th July, but there are very specific rules put in place for the control of the COVID-19 pandemic. The league will be split into two groups of eight, and every team will be forced to stay in one hotel at two different locations where the league will be played.

One group will be located in Dalian, in Northern China the other in Suzhou, Southern China.

All matches will be played behind closed doors. We also presume that players will be tested before matches in order to ensure no new cluster of infections occur.

However, Shijiazhuang Ever Bright's chief executive Zhao Junzhe said he was concerned for his players.

"This needs some measures to help the players relax and we are enquiring with the Chinese Football Association about that," he told Xinhua news agency.

"Some recreational facilities will be needed in the teams' hotel."

What he means by this, is if the players are stuck in a hotel together for two months with no contact with the outside world they will go insane. It is basically a quarantine in order to restart the league, and considering most people in China have been in lockdown for months this will only add extra stress.

Regardless of what the teams say, the CFA has a lot of power to do as they bloody well please, as we have seen from situations where players were ordered to go and join the army instead of playing footy. 

A solution to restart

The powers in control of Chinese football have clearly decided this is the only way that they can manage to play football again in the country. 

With new outbreaks happening in places like Beijing, it seems by placing matches in a single location they have found a way for football to restart.

The other option was to just cancel the league altogether, and that would be damaging to football in China on the whole. This then seems like the best of a bad situation in order to ensure football can continue and China loses no more football clubs to this goddamn pandemic.

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