The Shanghai government has not received an application to set up a Playboy club and has rejected the establishment of the club's management company, a city government spokeswoman said yesterday, leaving the future of the project in doubt. Jiao Yang said: 'According to the [Shanghai] Administration of Industry and Commerce, so far it has not received an application to set up a Playboy club, so processing and approval isn't an issue.' The comments came a day after Michael Nussbaum, chairman and chief executive of Shanghai Entertainment, announced his company had entered into a licence agreement with Playboy Enterprises International to open the club along with a Chinese partner, Shanghai Times Supermarket Investment. Ms Jiao said the government had received an application under another name but had rejected it. 'After the administration had examined [the application], it found it didn't meet the relevant rules regarding company law and management of registered capital, so they wouldn't accept it.' The comments contradict a statement by Mr Nussbaum, who said the government had approved Shanghai Shenshi Club International to act as the management company of the Playboy Club Shanghai, as well as to oversee construction and apply for licences. On Tuesday Mr Nussbaum said the club still required a number of permits and approvals. Despite pledges from Shanghai Entertainment that the club would be a 'world-class establishment', city cultural officials have expressed concerns. The mainland bans performances it considers pornographic, but scantily clad dancers and waitresses are a fixture at many Shanghai entertainment spots.