Chinese Super League to probe Hulk incident after Shanghai SIPG star accused of punching rival coach because he ‘despises Chinese people’

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Guizhou Zhicheng’s then head coach Li Bing accused Brazilian of punching his assistant

THE Chinese Football Association are to investigate accusations that Brazilian star Hulk punched a rival coach – because he “DESPISES Chinese people”.

The Shanghai SIPG striker allegedly punched the assistant coach of Guizhou Zhincheng, Yu Ming, at half-time of a game earlier this month – Hulk scored in a 3-0 win.

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The Chinese FA are investigating after Hulk was accused of punching a coach because he ‘despises Chinese people’

The Chinese FA’s disciplinary panel held a hearing with Hulk and Yu Ming last week.


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The hearing came after then-Guizhou head coach Li Bing made the accusation – and said the attack was racially motivated.

Both Hulk and his Chinese Super League club rejected the accusations after Li said that the Brazilian “cannot be here and despise Chinese people”, although he later backed down from such strong comments.

“There were some arguments in the first half and their coaches took the initiative to insult us during the game, that was why we had the arguments with them,” said Bing.

“This lasted until the break, and later, in the corridor, Hulk cursed our assistant coach in English. We argued with him and he punched our assistant coach Yu Ming and Yu fell to the ground.

Hulk and his club Shanghai SIPG deny the incident took place

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Hulk and his club Shanghai SIPG deny the incident took place

“Foreign players come here to help with the development of Chinese football, but no matter how well you play, you can’t despise Chinese people, let alone beat our Chinese coaches.”

Hulks’s club responded by stating: “The claims Hulk punched the assistant coach of Guizhou are not true.

“The statement of Li Bing and Yu Ming are inappropriate and they provoke hostility between the foreign players and Chinese people and it has affected the image of our club.”

SIPG manager Andre Villas-Boas added when asked: “I don’t know what people are talking about.”

This image of Ezequiel Lavezzi from February has caused outrage on Twitter

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Ezequiel Lavezzi caused outrage on social media for pulling the corners of his eyes

A spokeswoman for the CFA, Huang Shiwei, said they would be taking a “zero tolerance” approach to incidents of this sort of incident.

She said: “has zero tolerance towards any behaviour that is not (in line with) sport ethics in the pitch, no matter who that person is.

“There is no exception.”

A week earlier, another CFA official, Li Peng, had said there was “no evidence” that Hulk violated any rules.

But Li Bing, who is now Guizhou’s general manager, said on his Weibo microblog that he would keep pursuing charges even though both sides had “reached an agreement” in how to handle the incident.

SIPG manager Andre Villas-Boas says he has no knowledge of the alleged incident

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SIPG manager Andre Villas-Boas says he has no knowledge of the alleged incident

The incident came just days after promo photos of Ezequiel Lavezzi emerged that showed the Argentine star pulling the corners of his eyes in another race storm.

The pictures caused outrage on Chinese social media.

Heibei China Fortune said the forward had apologised and insisted he meant no offence.

A statement said: “We believe the footballer and the photographer did not have any malicious intent when they were shooting. (We) hope media don’t read too much into this.

“Due to the differences of national conditions and cultures, different hand gestures or expressions have different meanings.”

Lavezzi will not face any action.

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