Chinese FA limits number of foreign players in match day squad

Chinese FA limits number of foreign players in match day squad

- John Mikel Obi might be able to play regularly for Tianjin TEDA due to a new rule

- The Chinese FA announced clubs will only be allowed to play three non-Chinese players per game

- Tianjin TEDA has four registerted none Chinese in which in which one is Mikel Obi

The Chinese FA has announced that Super League clubs will only be allowed to play three non-Chinese players per game in their next season.

The Chinese Super League begins in March with the new move aimed to slow down the wave of big-money signings from Europe in which one of them is Mikel Obi.

Chinese FA limits number of foreign players in match day squad

Mikel after signing for Tianjin TEDA

A statement said the new measures will address "irrational investments".

Previously the rule was "4+1" - four foreigners of any nationality plus one Asian player in a matchday squad.

Teams will now also be required to name two Chinese players aged under 23 in their matchday squads, with at least one in the starting XI, with the Chinese Football Association also looking into "signature fees and other illegal activities" in recent transfers.

John Mikel Obi have already moved to China this month with Belgium's Axel Witsel, Oscar of Brazil, former Man United and Man City forward Carlos Tevez who reportedly became the world's highest-paid player when he joined Shanghai Shenhua last month.

Shenhua would be one club hit by the new rules as they have six non-Chinese players in their squad, including Tevez, former Chelsea forward Demba Ba and ex-Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins.

It is hoped the changes will foster more local talent at the expense of overseas players.

Tianjin however have four non-Chinese players in their squad and that could affect the number of games Mikel Obi could play with the club next season.

Source: Sports.naija.ng

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