AFC reacts to Villas-Boas outburst
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.”