Virus-restriction violations could lead to expulsion for season, says Chinese Super League official

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DALIAN, China, July 19 (Xinhua) — Chinese Super League (CSL) administrations have warned the teams that any violation of anti-coronavirus measures could result in expulsion from this season’s campaign.

The 16 contesting sides have been split into two groups to play the first phase of a tournament-style league from July 25 to September 28 amid strict coronavirus restrictions.

“Our anti-epidemic measures are very strict, and those who violate them could be kicked out of the league for this season,” said Qi Jun, the CSL official responsible of the virus-control issues.

Qi warned the players not take any chances.

“The teams and players should not expect to be only fined or suspended for their violation,” he said.

The Chinese Football Association (CFA) had taken strict measures to make sure the CSL fixtures will be played in an environment completely free of COVID-19, CFA president Chen Xuyuan said last week.

Chen said CSL administrators have worked hard to draw up the program for the first phase of the 2020 season

“We discussed the program at length in order to guarantee that the CSL will register no COVID-19 cases. We have taken strict prevention measures,” he said. Enditem

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