Things just go from bad to worse for Shanghai SIPG as the club’s manager Andre Villas-Boas and striker Hulk have been handed bans after pledging their support for suspended midfielder Oscar.
Ex-Chelsea midfielder Oscar was given an astonishing eight-match suspension after he started a mass brawl in his side’s 1-1 draw with Guangzhou R&F.
The Brazil international appeared to deliberately blast the ball at his opponents, evoking a furious reaction from the Guangzhou players and forcing the Chinese FA into action.
However, Villas-Boas and Hulk clearly felt this punishment was overly harsh on the 25-year-old, and showed their support for him both on social media and out on the pitch.
Hulk and his fellow teammate Wu Lei were pictured wearing t-shirts in support of Oscar recently, while Villas-Boas posted this message on his official Instagram account:
And the Chinese Super League’s officials have since responded by handing two-match bans to Villas-Boas, Hulk and Wu Lei, claiming the former Chelsea and Porto boss had made “inappropriate comments on social media”.
Will the fall-out from Oscar’s misdemeanour ever end?