Foreign recruits spoiling the reputation of the Chinese Super League
The likes of Carlos Tevez and Oscar have earned the bad-name tag in the Chinese Super League following their recent actions on and off the field.
Oscar, who joined Shanghai SIPG from Chelsea in January, has received a eight-game suspension in the Chinese top flight after he involved himself in a brawl in the 1-1 draw against Guangzhou R&F. Alongside Oscar, teammate Hulk and manager Andre Villas-Boas have also been suspended for two games for protesting over Oscar’s ban.
Meanwhile, Tevez has been another player getting in the news of late. The former Juventus man was deemed injured for a recent Chinese Super League game, where he was spotted in Disneyland amid the frustration of the fans. The Argentina international has managed just one goal to date. Foreign recruits were meant to establish a reputation in the Far East country, but their behaviour in recent week has caught the attention of the media.
Other than Tevez, the likes of Ezequiel Lavezzi and Hulk have denied claims that there are anti-Chinese after they were deemed to have thrown foul words towards the players.
The Chinese government has brought a new taxation which would force close to pay double the valuation of players, and this is likely to reduce the number of imports in the coming years. As a result, keeping hold of their existing players remains the most fruitful option with the Football Association hoping to groom their youngsters alongside experienced footballers.
Tevez is already said to be frustrated with his stay in Shanghai as he has struggled to adapt to the surroundings, and he was recently the subject of criticism after he was found strolling around the park without making any impact up front for Shenhua. The Argentine is currently the highest-paid player in the world with a weekly wage of around £615,000 a week.