According to the plan, the second stage of the Chinese Super League will be held in Suzhou and Guangzhou from December 12 to January 4 next year. Affected by the epidemic and other factors, the Chinese Football Association and the Chinese Football Confederation’s preparatory team have given up inviting foreign (non-Chinese Football Association) referees to China to enforce the Chinese Super League, the Super League play-offs and the Football Association Cup finals and other major events. “Foreign Whistle” was absent from domestic football competition enforcement throughout the season, this is the first time in the past 11 seasons.
With the end of the two rounds of this month’s top 12 matches and return to China, the second stage of the Chinese Super League has also entered the countdown to the start. In the near future, members of the working group set up by the Chinese Football Association and the Chinese Football Confederation’s preparatory group will successively enter the two major competition areas of Suzhou (relegation group) and Guangzhou (winning group). As usual, referees participating in the enforcement of this stage of the competition should be stationed in each competition area at least 3 days before the start of the game.
The reporter from Beiqing-Beijing Toutiao learned that all those who participated in the second stage of the Chinese Super League, the Football Association Cup finals, and the Super League play-offs will all be local referees. In the past six months or so, five Chinese Football Association-registered international referees who participated in the AFC Champions League, Tokyo Olympics, Qatar World Preliminary Asian Top 12, U23 Asian Cup qualifiers and women’s football club championships Ma Ning, Fu Ming, Shen Yinhao, Cao Yi, and Shi Xiang returned to Shanghai from Amman, Jordan via Dubai, UAE, and Amsterdam, Netherlands, on the 23rd of this month, and were under quarantine observation as required. If nothing else, they will return to the Super League with another international referee Zhang Lei who participated in the previous overseas law enforcement work and returned to China in advance.
Wang Di, another currently registered international referee of the Chinese Football Association, as an expert in the refereeing circle, had previously traveled with the national football delegation to the UAE to prepare and compete, and returned to China with the delegation on the 18th. Normally, he can also participate in the second phase of the law enforcement work of the Super League.
Judging from the law enforcement work in the first stage of the Chinese Super League and the Football Association Cup main match, the Chinese Football Association has been affected by a number of local international referees who have been abroad for long-term law enforcement, pushing some young referees to the forefront of law enforcement in professional leagues. However, due to factors such as lack of experience, such referees have made obvious mistakes and missed judgments in specific law enforcement work, and some of the penalties directly affected the results of the game. The current international referee Li Haixin’s “multi-round blow” in the first stage of the Super League is actually caused by the current shortage of outstanding local referees.
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Since the second stage of the Chinese Super League involves major competitive interests such as relegation and championship, the Chinese Football Association and the Chinese Football Confederation’s preparatory team need to strictly grasp the details in some technical aspects in addition to ensuring that the epidemic prevention and competition organization work is complete. The selection of referees is one of the important details.
As of November 25, the Chinese Football Association and the Chinese Football Confederation Preparatory Group have no plans to invite foreign (non-Chinese Football Association) referees to enforce the Chinese Super League, the Football Association Cup finals and the Super League play-offs. In light of the current situation of the epidemic and relevant anti-epidemic policies and other practical factors, inviting “foreign sentinels” to come to China for law enforcement is not feasible at least this year.
Although the Chinese Super League this season is affected by the epidemic and the national team’s preparations, the schedule is relatively scattered, and some clubs are facing operational difficulties due to their own financial crisis, but the clubs’ demands for fair play have not been discounted, which in fact also puts forward the rest of the competition law enforcement work. strict requirements. Fortunately, after Ma Ning, Fu Ming, Shen Yinhao, Wang Di and other registered international referees “returned to the team” one after another, the pressure of the tournament organizers on the assignment of referees for league and cup matches can be eased. As long as these referees are successfully lifted from isolation, they will be assigned to the enforcement scenes of important matches.
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