What Andre Villas-Boas did to a referee to earn an eight-mach ban in the Chinese Super League


Andre Villas-Boas has become a bit of a forgotten figure since he left management in European football to take charge of Shanghai SIPG in China.

A number of the world's top talents have given up life in Europe to venture out to the Chinese Super League where colossal wages have been used to lure the biggest stars to south-east Asia.

And the Portuguese is looking to rebuild his reputation as one of the best young managers in world football with the Shanghai outfit who are currently second in China's top flight.

But it's been 11 months full of incidents for the 39-year-old since he joined the club; having now been handed a third touchline ban with the latest causing the most controversy.

SIPG currently trail league leaders Guangzhou Evergrande by four points and they maintained their pressure on the side managed by former Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari with a 16th win of the season.

Villas-Boas' men secured a 1-0 away win over Beijing Guoan last Friday, which would have surely satisfied the former Chelsea boss. However, the Portuguese was furious with a dismissed penalty claim.

League officials react furiously to Villas-Boas

He and his coaching staff marched towards the official before Villas-Boas rubbed his fingers together, suggesting referee Shi Szhenlu had been bribed into making such a decision.

And the Chinese Football Confederation reacted furiously to the SIPG boss' claim by issuing a statement heavily criticising the manager's actions and hitting him with an eight-game ban.


“Shanghai SIPG head coach Villas-Boas has verbally abused the match official and aimed offensive gesture at him," the statement read, per The Sun.

“His conduct has severely influenced society in a negative fashion.”

Portuguese to miss remainder of the season

The ban means Villas-Boas will not be able to manage from the touchline for the remainder of the season, with his club's chances of claiming the title remaining a possibility.


Villas-Boas' third ban in less than a year comes after he decided to take on officials at the Asian Football Confederation - accusing them of being under control of Guangzhou Evergrande.

The confederation have yet to decide whether to discipline the Portuguese for his claim, having already been fined £10,000 for abusing officials in a game against Scolari's men earlier in the season.

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