Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas will not be present on the sidelines for the remaining games of the Chinese Super League season, after being handed out an eight-match touchline ban by the Chinese Football Association.
The former Chelsea and Tottenham boss accused official Shi Szhenlu of taking a bung during his side’s 1-0 win over Beijing Guoan last week, which left bosses of the Chinese Football Confederation fuming.
The Portuguese coach was also ordered to pay a fine of 40,000 yuan (£4,500) as well as receiving his third touchline ban, which comes after a number of run-ins with authority since his move to Shanghai 11 months ago.
Earlier in the season, Villas-Boas was banned for two games after using social media to show support for SIPG midfielder Oscar who was given an eight-game ban by the authorities. He was also recently hit with a fine, narrowly avoiding an Asian Football Confederation ban, after accusing officials of being under the control of Guangzhou Evergrande following their Asian Champions League victory.
“After viewing reports from the referee and the match coordinator, video evidence and written explanations from the involved parties, it is clear Andre Villas-Boas insulted the referee with gestures,” a CFA statement said.
“Chinese football is developing based on the principles of fair play and sporting spirit while also carrying the responsibility of educating the public and spreading general values.
“Victory is a common target of all participating parties. However, it cannot be achieved by sacrificing the rules of the game.
“Respecting the rules, the referees, fans, opponents and the game are the requirement of all participants.”
SIPG are currently second in the Chinese Super League, four points behind Guangzhou Evergrande, having reached the final of the Chinese FA Cup at the weekend. They remain in contention to complete a domestic and international treble.