KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Brazilian star Oscar’s Shanghai Port have withdrawn from the Asian Champions League as a result of of a tricky lockdown imposed on the Chinese metropolis to struggle a coronavirus surge, officers stated on Monday (April 11).
The semi-finalists in Asia’s high membership competitors in 2017 have been attributable to play group-stage matches at a centralised venue in Thailand beginning on Saturday.
But governing physique the Asian Football Confederation stated the crew had pulled out, and cited “travel restrictions… as a result of the recent lockdown measures enforced in Shanghai”.
The former Chinese Super League champions, whose gamers embody ex-Chelsea attacking midfielder Oscar, won’t get replaced in Group J and their matches might be cancelled.
The group will now consist of three groups, Chiangrai United from Thailand, Hong Kong’s Kitchee and Andres Iniesta’s Vissel Kobe from Japan.
Shanghai and its 25 million folks have been locked down in phases since late March as town battles an Omicron-fuelled wave of infections, with Beijing making an attempt to stay to its zero-Covid technique.