The Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) independent Entry Control Body has withdrawn the license of Shandong Taishan FC to take part in the AFC Champions League 2021, the AFC stated Monday.

It was identified that the club had not satisfied the obligatory Requirement F. 04 of the AFC Club Licensing Laws (Edition 2016) concerning past due payables and, accordingly, should not have actually been given a license, the Asian football governing body said.

The criterion states that a club needs to have “no payables overdue toward staff members and social/tax authorities”.

Shandong has because been declared ineligible to get involved in the AFC Champions League 2021 and the readily available slot will be reallocated in accordance with the Entry Handbook for AFC Club Competitions, the AFC stated.

Shandong Taishan FC, as the Chinese FA Cup champion, was drawn into Group J with Port FC of Thailand, Kitchee SC of Hong Kong, China and a playoff winner at the drawing event last month.