Saturday, September 30, 2017

China FA bans Villas-Boas for eight games over ref ‘insult’

Andre Villas-Boas

China’ s Football Association has slapped an eight - game touchline ban on Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas - Boas for lobbing an “ insult ” at a referee , effectively ending his Super League season .

The association said on its website that Villas - Boas was fined 40 , 000 yuan ($ 6 , 000 ) as well as barred from the touchline for four Chinese Super League games and four other “official games” hosted by the FA .

The ban comes as Shanghai SIPG are four points behind league leaders Guangzhou Evergrande with just four games to go in the championship .

The FA said the Portuguese manager “ insulted ” and made “ insulting gestures” at the referee during the 78th minute of Shanghai SIPG’ s 1 - 0 victory over Beijing Guoan on September 22.

“ Respect for the rules, referees , fans , opponents and the game is what we asked of all football players , ” the FA said .

Villas - Boas was already banned for two games by the FA earlier this season over a social media post.

On Tuesday, the Asian Football Confederation fined him $ 14, 000 for making “offensive ” comments during the AFC Champions League quarter-finals , which his team won , though he escaped a ban.

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