9/26/2017 12:49:35 PM

Villas-Boas fined $14,000 for Guangzhou complaints

Villas-Boas fined $14,000 for Guangzhou complaints

Shanghai, China: Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas has been fined $14,000 over his “offensive” comments during the AFC Champions League quarterfinals, the Asian Football Confederation said on Tuesday.

The Portuguese coach, who will be on the bench for Wednesday’s semi-final first leg at home against Urawa Red Diamonds, brought the game into disrepute, the AFC ruled.

The former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur manager made a series of stinging criticisms about the AFC and the referee following a thrilling quarter-final return leg at Guangzhou Evergrande earlier this month.

Villas-Boas also accused the home side of staging a series of minor car accidents on the way to the match at the two-time Champions League winners.

Evergrande have declined to comment on the allegation, but the AFC said in a statement that its disciplinary and ethics committee had decided to fine him "for his offensive words at the referee and comments made at the post-match press conference".

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