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Owner’s arrest sees Chinese football club airbrush its history

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Tianjin Quanjian’s fate has brought the issue of club ownership in Chinese football back to the fore. Following the arrest of pharmaceutical giant Quanjian Group chairman Shu Yuhui and 17 other members of the company the fall of their football club has been swift.

The signs at the stadium have been dragged down and the name has been changed as the club looks to airbrush its history.

Tianjin Quanjian is no more, long live Tianjin Tianhai. The renamed club is under the control of the local sports bureau for the foreseeable future.

While Shu and his fellow purveyors of magic insoles await their fate under the Chinese legal system, sport has moved swiftly with the Tianjin Quanjian table tennis team the first to drop the name.

Alexandre Pato to leave Tianjin Quanjian after Chinese Super League side caught up in owner’s arrest

Can’t get more real than this one. The beginning of the end of Tianjin Quanjian. HT @745056023 pic.twitter.com/CI0gP7q75M

— Tobias Zuser (@duwenzhe) January 9, 2019

Surely it is only a matter of time before Dalian Quanjian, champions of the Chinese Women’s Super League for the last three seasons, are dragged into the maelstrom.

What does that mean for the future of Nigeria striker Asisat Oshoala, who missed out on a third consecutive African player of the year crown on Tuesday night?

Given there are only eight teams in the women’s top flight, the loss of the champions would be catastrophic.

The men’s team are less important in the Chinese football pyramid. Since being taken over in 2015 they were promoted and........

© South China Morning Post