J-League is looking to ensure its players’ native language is recognised on the field and that it’s a part of their identity.
It has decided to set up a language hotline for the teams to voice concerns about a language barrier.
The League, which is owned by China’s state-owned China Communications University, is also working on making its players more comfortable with the language they are speaking.
“We’ve set up the hotline for teams to call if they have any concerns regarding their own language,” said Shubham Gupta, general manager of the J-league.
“We will also take suggestions from the teams on how they can improve their communication.
We want to make sure that players understand that they can ask for help, whether it is on their own or through an official representative.”
The language barrier in J-leagues is not new.
In fact, it’s been in the news recently.
Last month, a video emerged on social media showing a woman from China’s Liaoning Province, Jiangxi Province, who was unable to understand English during a training session.
The video went viral.
J-League has been pushing for greater understanding between players and officials in the past.
The league has introduced an English language hotline and is working to promote the use of native speakers as officials.