Liaoning were one of the stories of the 2011 Chinese season where their third spot had been expected to earn them an automatic spot in the main ACL draw.
However, the AFC have since announced that the qualifying spots for the 2012 ACL have changed, forcing Liaoning to qualify through the play-offs.
As part of the AFC's chances to the ACL qualifying spots, any side who loses their play-off, will be need to compete in the second tier AFC Cup.
According to Sina Sports the decision by Liaoning management has left Chinese fans feeling shame and embarrassment.
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