Chinese Super League side Tianjin Tianhai fold amid Covid-19 uncertainty

  • ‘The club is no longer able to maintain normal operations’
  • Shenzhen FC, who were relegated in 2019, will be reprieved

The Chinese Super League team Tianjin Tianhai, which once employed World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro as coach and signed players such as Alexandre Pato and Axel Witsel, have declared bankruptcy and folded, the club announced on Tuesday.

Tianjin, founded in Inner Mongolia as Hohhot Binhai in 2006, have struggled to pay the bills since the arrest and subsequent imprisonment of their former owner Shu Yuhui, finishing second bottom of the CSL last year.

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