Portuguese clubs worried

LISBON. — Portugal’s second division soccer clubs are disturbed over plans to impose Chinese players on the league as part of a sponsorship deal with a Chinese company.

“They can’t force Chinese players on us, it should be an option,” the division’s chief Jose Godinho said on Wednesday.

He was speaking after Monday’s signing in Beijing of a deal with Ledman, a lighting manufacturer based in Shenzhen.

The agreement allows for “ten Chinese players and three assistant coaches to join the ten best clubs in the Portuguese second division to improve their level,” Ledman noted in a statement. — AFP.

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