Chinese football clubs ordered to change names

SHANGHAI – Next season’s Chinese Super League will take on a new look after the 16 teams were told to drop the corporate part of their names, infuriating some fans. The Chinese Football Association is making good on its order that clubs must remove references to investors and the companies that own them, and instead adopt “neutral” names, state media said. The move, part of wide-scale reform plans for football in China stretching back to 2015, will have a major impact when the new campaign kicks off in the spring and will reportedly affect most of the CSL teams. At least one team in the second…

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