Vil­las-Boas in trou­ble over out­burst

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE -

SHANG­HAI — The Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion said on Thurs­day it was launch­ing dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against Shang­hai SIPG coach An­dre Vil­las-Boas for his out­burst fol­low­ing his team’s epic AFC Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter­fi­nal win over Guangzhou Ever­grande this week.

The for­mer Chelsea and Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur man­ager strongly crit­i­cized the AFC and the ref­eree, and ac­cused Chi­nese ri­vals Guangzhou of dirty tricks.

The Por­tuguese al­leged Guangzhou had en­gi­neered a se­ries of mi­nor road ac­ci­dents to de­lay the SIPG team bus as it trav­eled to the sec­ond-leg away clash on Tues­day.

Reigning Chi­nese Su­per League cham­pion Ever­grande won 5-1 on the night in Guangzhou af­ter ex­tra time, to make it 5-5 on ag­gre­gate, only for SIPG to squeeze into the last four for the first time in its his­tory on penal­ties.

“We can con­firm that as a re­sult of com­ments by Shang­hai SIPG FC head coach at the post-match press con­fer­ence... the AFC has opened dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings based on Ar­ti­cle 50.1 of the AFC Dis­ci­plinary and Ethics Code (bring­ing the game into dis­re­pute),” the AFC said in a state­ment.

“The case will be dealt with by the AFC Dis­ci­plinary & Ethics Com­mit­tee on a date to be con­firmed.”

His side may have made his­tory, but Vil­las-Boas seethed af­ter emerg­ing from the topsy-turvy tie 5-4 on penal­ties.

“This is the great­est achieve­ment for SIPG ever be­cause it looks like one club is dom­i­nat­ing the AFC be­cause this club can do ev­ery­thing. They can block ho­tels, cause peo­ple to have ac­ci­dents in front of us,” he said.

Video footage posted on­line, ap­par­ently shot from the SIPG team coach on the way to the game, ap­peared to show a suc­ces­sion of five hold-ups on the road in­volv­ing the same cars.

Ever­grande de­clined to re­spond when con­tacted by AFP.

Vil­las-Boas also hit out at the AFC for fail­ing to pun­ish an op­pos­ing player from the first leg, and crit­i­cized Ira­nian ref­eree Alireza Faghani, who sent off two SIPG play­ers in ex­tra time on Tues­day.

Faghani also booked SIPG goal­keeper Yan Jun­ling dur­ing the penalty shootout for un­sport­ing con­duct, which will rule him out of the first leg of the semi­fi­nal.

“It’s a dis­grace, it’s a dis­grace,” Vil­las-Boas ex­claimed.

SIPG faces Ja­panese side Urawa Reds in the semi­fi­nals.

An­dre Vil­las-Boas

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