[Explanation] Chongqing Liangjiang Athletic Football Club recently announced that due to the impact of the epidemic and the development model of the football industry, the club has been heavily in debt and is unable to maintain operations. After careful research by the club's shareholders meeting, it has decided to withdraw from the Chinese Professional Football League and dissolve the team.

  At noon on May 26, the reporter saw at Chongqing Liangjiang Athletic Football Club that team veteran Huang Xiyang and goalkeeper Deng Xiaofei were packing their bags and preparing to leave the club.

  [Concurrent] Huang Xiyang, a player of Chongqing Liangjiang Athletic Football Club

  Let's go back, things are not finished yet.

Now basically it is, what should be collected, the other is, (the team) announced the disbandment.

  [Explanation] The announcement issued by Chongqing Liangjiang Athletic Football Club stated that since the beginning of 2021, Dangdai Group has discussed shareholding reform with relevant government departments many times, in order to retain the spark of professional football in Chongqing.

However, to this day, due to changes in objective conditions, the shareholding reform has not been carried out as scheduled, the club’s debts have been accumulating, accounts have been frozen, employees’ lives are extremely difficult, and they are unable to maintain the club’s operations.

  [Concurrent] Shi Hong, press officer of Chongqing Liangjiang Athletic Football Club

  When the club announces its dissolution, then there are operational problems and there is a large shortage of funds. Therefore, the operation is stopped, and then it does not enter the competition area, and then the team is dissolved and the club is dissolved.

  [Explanation] After Chongqing Liangjiang Athletic Football Club announced its withdrawal from the Chinese Professional Football League and the disbandment of the team, the Chongqing Football Association issued an announcement to publicly respond to the matter.

The Chongqing Football Association said that since 2019, it has helped the club to liaise and coordinate various resources to support the team, including following the characteristics of professional football and the rules of the market economy, helping the club to promote the share reform, maintain basic operations and seek new cooperation and development. opportunities, etc.

The Chongqing Football Association expressed its understanding and regret that the club made this decision based on its own operational reality.

  [Concurrent] Chen Xiaoyu, Deputy Director of Chongqing Football Management Center

  We still express our great regret, indeed we are very sorry, and no one wants to see this result.

However, due to the current state of their business, there is no other way, and we also respect the choice of the business.

  [Explanation] As a veteran of the team, 37-year-old Huang Xiyang looked very sad when he talked about the disbandment of the team.

He said that he is very confused and helpless now. He is going to go home to rest for a few days and adjust his mentality. He has no plans to retire for the time being.

  [Concurrent] Huang Xiyang, a player of Chongqing Liangjiang Athletic Football Club

  Go home and rest first, adjust your mentality first, and have no plans yet.

Right now we are all lost, we are really helpless right now.

  [Explanation] There are also a large number of fans who are as sad as Huang Xiyang. They come to the gate of the club every day to say goodbye to the team.

  [Concurrent] Fan Wu Jiwei

  I have watched 24 years (team games) this year, and I am sure that I will not give up, but in the end I should accept it with a relatively calm attitude.

Then I hope the players, as well as the coaches, have a good home.

  [Explanation] Chongqing Liangjiang Athletic Club settled in Chongqing in 1997 and won the 2000 Chinese Football Association Cup championship.

Over the past 25 years, the team has produced many national players, especially for the National Olympic Team and National Youth Team.

  It is understood that after Chongqing Liangjiang Athletic Football Club withdrew from the Chinese Super League, the Dalian People’s Club, which was originally relegated to the Chinese Super League in the new season, will make up for the 2022 Chinese Super League.

  Reporter Xiao Jiangchuan reports from Chongqing

Responsible editor: [Li Ji]

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