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SBD Global/October 17, 2012/International Football
Shanghai FC Withholding Players' Pay, Leads To Practice Protest
Published October 17, 2012
NEW PROBLEMS: In N.Y., Paul Mozur wrote in the WALL STREET JOURNAL's China Real Time Report blog that "a new fire has broken out." The player protest comes in the wake of the Chinese Football Association coming "close to declaring a victory of sorts after a spate of corruption and match-fixing arrests designed to clean up the sport in China." A "shareholder dispute" at Shenhua could see the country's highest-profile signings to date -- Drogba and Anelka -- "leaving China only part way into their contracts." In an e-mail, Shenhua Chair Zhu Jun said that "he might pull out his investments in Shenhua over an ownership dispute, raising questions over whether the club will have the financial resources" to hold onto Drogba and Anelka. Chinese Super League acting President Zhu Qilin said that he is "not clear on the details of the dispute, but he did not think Shenhua would stop paying wages." Zhu said, "I don't think they will withdraw from paying the wages, because they have a business agreement. Wherever you are, if you violate an agreement you will be punished" (WSJ, 10/16).