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China’s Sports Czar Calls for Curbing Soccer Spending

By Yang Ge
Brazilian soccer player Kleber Laube Pinheiro,who plays for Beijing Guo'an Club, practices on a beach in Haikou, Hainan province on Jan. 12, 2016. The General Sports Administration said recently that the spending on bringing global sports talent to China has become “irrational,” and the practice needs to be controlled. Photo: IC
Brazilian soccer player Kleber Laube Pinheiro,who plays for Beijing Guo'an Club, practices on a beach in Haikou, Hainan province on Jan. 12, 2016. The General Sports Administration said recently that the spending on bringing global sports talent to China has become “irrational,” and the practice needs to be controlled. Photo: IC

(Beijing) — China’s top sports authority said recent investor spending on imported soccer stars and foreign clubs has turned excessive and must be controlled.

The call by the General Administration of Sport of China, appearing in an interview format and published on its website Thursday, followed a string of high-profile and progressively pricey overseas deals over the past two years.

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