Obafemi Martins and Mikel Obi will be among the first players in the Chinese Super League to witness an epoch moment when their sides; Shanghai Shenhua and Tianjin Teda, clash in the league this weekend.
The Chinese football authorities have announced foreign referees will be drafted to officiate the final weeks of the CSL season in a move to boost the standard of officiating in the big-spending league.
Sweden’s Jonas Eriksson and Tony Chapron from France will referee Tianjin Quanjian’s meeting with Shandong Luneng and Shanghai Shenhua’s clash with Tianjin Teda respectively.
This will form the first part of a move to “improve the accuracy of officiating”, the CFA said in a statement on Thursday.
“In order to ensure a smooth finish to the season, from Round 27 onwards the Chinese Football Association will invite referees from Europe and the Americas to officiate on crucial games,” the statement said.
“The improvement of the quality of officiating has been an important part of the CFA’s work and inviting established foreign referees will improve the accuracy of officiating while also providing education and communication opportunities for Chinese referees.”
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