AFC re­acts to Vil­las-Boas out­burst

The Jakarta Post - - SPORTS -

LON­DON: The Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion (AFC) has opened dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings against Shang­hai SIPG head coach An­dre Vil­las-Boas fol­low­ing his out­burst af­ter the Asian Cham­pi­ons League semi­fi­nals this week.

The Por­tuguese coach slammed the gov­ern­ing body for Asian soc­cer af­ter his team piped Guangzhou Ever­grande 5-4 on penal­ties hav­ing thrown away a 4-0 first leg lead in the sec­ond meet­ing be­tween the teams at Tianhe Sta­dium.

“As a re­sult of com­ments [...] the AFC has opened dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings based on Ar­ti­cle 50.1 of the AFC Dis­ci­plinary and Ethics Code [Bring­ing the game into dis­re­pute],” the con­fed­er­a­tion said in a state­ment.

Vil­las-Boas blasted the AFC and match of­fi­cials over­see­ing both legs of the Asian Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter­fi­nal, claim­ing twice for­mer cham­pion Guangzhou was re­ceiv­ing pref­er­en­tial treat­ment.

“In the last game Fu Huan had a very clean slide tackle which led to his sus­pen­sion in this match,” said the for­mer Chelsea and Porto boss.

“Yan Jun­ling is sus­pended for the first leg of the semi­fi­nal be­cause the ref­eree gave him a yel­low card. The ref­eree chose the end of the Guangzhou fans to take the penal­ties. The ref­eree gives two red cards to our play­ers.

“Zhang Lin­peng should be sus­pended from this game be­cause he used his el­bow in the first game and he’s not sus­pended be­cause the com­mit­tee of ethics and dis­ci­pline at AFC did not judge an el­bow as vi­o­lent con­duct.”

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