Handing over £3 million of British taxpayers’ money to teach the Chinese how to play football still rankles. Photo: Imaginechina
Peter Simpson
Opinion

Opinion

Home and Away by Peter Simpson

Sycophantic handout to China football is a dangerous game for the United Kingdom

Chinese fans know football requires first aid not foreign aid to save the game from grubby politics and egomaniacal billionaires

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Handing over £3 million of British taxpayers’ money to teach the Chinese how to play football still rankles. Photo: Imaginechina
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Peter Simpson

Peter Simpson

Peter Simpson is a China-UK based journalist and the SCMP’s former Beijing 2008 Olympics news editor. He has covered major international news and sporting events, most recently the London 2012 Olympics and Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. Peter is a Premier League season ticket holder at newly promoted Southampton FC.