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Unlikely bad boy Villas-Boas given eight-match ban for insulting referee in China

The Portuguese coach has clocked up about 16 grand in fines this week.

CHINA’S FA HAS slapped an eight-game ban on Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas for lobbing an “insult” at a referee, effectively ending his season on the Super League touchline.

The association said on its website that Villas-Boas was fined 40,000 yuan (€5,087) 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 22 September.

“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 (€11,850) for making “offensive” comments during the AFC Champions League quarter-finals, which his team won, though he escaped a ban.

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