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CFA denies rumors surrrounding introduction of 50 naturalized players

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-11-13 10:45
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Chen Xuyuan, president of the Chinese football governing body. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING - The Chinese Football Association (CFA) on Tuesday denied rumors that they plan to introduce 50 naturalized players, saying "the number of naturalized players will be very limited, while the foreign players' policy in professional leagues won't have big changes."

In a statement released on Tuesday, CFA noted that "the report that 'CFA has a 50-naturalised-player quota' is completely false information."

"CFA will execute a very careful policy to introduce a strictly limited number of naturalized players," added the Chinese football governing body, whose president Chen Xuyuan said a total of nine naturalized players have been registered at the CFA in August.

Naturalized Team China players Ai Kesen (center) and Li Ke (right) train with the rest of the squad on Saturday in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, ahead of World Cup qualifier against Guam. [Photo/Xinhua]

In addition, the CFA also said the current foreign players' policy won't be changed dramatically for the sake of "the stability of professional leagues."

"CFA has never discussed canceling foreign players limitation," the CFA pointed out. According to current policy in the Chinese Super League, each club could feature a maximum of three foreign players simultaneously in the match.

"CFA will publish new regulations on naturalized players and foreign players by the end of the year, which is for the healthy development of professional leagues, Chinese footballers and young players."

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