In a move not at all designed to distract attention away from the fact that most of its sides are embroiled in a match fixing scandal that has already seen 33 people banned from the game for live, the Chinese Super League has released new kit designs for the 2013 season.
Sure, former players and officials have said that match-fixing and bribery are “endemic” in Chinese football, but look at all the pretty colours!
“Most of the time, it was the defenders who got this kind of offer, because they could allow the other team to score,” he said. Goalkeepers, he added, were especially popular targets. “Sometimes the whole team would get involved in match-fixing, but only in rare cases,” he said. “Most of the time, you only need five players or fewer to accomplish the goal.”
The footballer said conditions for players had improved dramatically over the past three years. Yet before he retired, less important players on his team made approximately £200 a month – barely enough to support their families – and their wages rarely arrived on time. Before important games, they were sometimes offered up to £5,000 to swing the match. Before the anti-corruption drive, 30% of Chinese football matches were rigged, he said.
Right, that sounds pretty damning, but not as damning as that ugly purple kit, am I right?!
(h/t: Wild East Football)