Yuen Long and 2019 champions Tai Po have pulled out of the 2020-21 Hong Kong Premier League, the Hong Kong Football Association confirmed on Friday. The district sides had already opted not to play the remainder of this HKPL season , along with BC Rangers and Pegasus. Tai Po, who were fourth to pull out , had also given up their place in the AFC Cup , which has since gone to Kitchee. Tai Po became the first district side to win the HKPL with their title win last season, which they celebrated with an open-top bus tour of Tai Po. None of the four clubs that chose to pull out of what is left of this anti-government protest and coronavirus-disrupted season face punishment. However, the news that Tai Po would sit it out rather than defend their title amid financial concerns also put their participation in the city’s top flight into doubt. Club officials said that they had been given two weeks to decide on the 2020-21 season by the HKFA, as next season will quickly follow on from this season. Tai Po had hoped to delay the decision but it has now been made. Tai Po given two weeks to commit to next HKPL season Resources Capital, who were top of the First Division before the league was suspended in January, are considering going up to the elite division. Coach Ho Shun-yin said they were still waiting for more information from the HKFA but will start preparations for their Premier League debut. They plan to provide more top-flight football for young players dreaming of launching their professional career.