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Chinese Football Association to introduce salary cap in 2019

The Chinese Football Association (CFA) is set to introduce a salary bonus cap in the Chinese Super League (CSL) and lower professional leagues from 2019 onwards.

The CFA told Chinese state newswire Xinhua that the new financial regulations are designed to curb “irrational” spending and promote sustainable development and will cover the Chinese Super League, China League One and China League Two.

Domestic players will sign new contracts when the new regulations are introduced in 2019 and clubs will decide together on a bonus cap ahead of the season. Cash bonuses will not be allowed.

The CFA introduced a transfer tax in 2017 that stipulates that any club that buys a foreign player for over ¥45m (€5.7m/$6.5m), or a domestic player whose transfer fee exceeds ¥20m, would have to pay the same amount of money as a tax if the club failed to break even.

The regulations forced the league to renegotiate its broadcast rights deal with China Sports Media after the media company claimed the new directives damaged its ability to make a return on its ¥8bn investment in the worldwide rights for the league.