Shanghai SIPG’s Hulk and Wu Lei handed two-match bans and fined for Oscar T-shirt protest
Coach Andre Villas-Boas also hit with suspension after supporting Brazilian midfielder over his eight-game ban for triggering mass brawl in Chinese Super League match this month
Brazilian striker Hulk and China midfielder Wu Lei have been slapped with two-match bans and fined 50,000 yuan (HK$57,000) following their T-shirt protest over the suspension already handed out to Shanghai SIPG teammate Oscar.
Midfielder Oscar was handed an eight-match suspension after triggering a mass brawl against Guanghzou R&F in the Chinese Super League (CSL) earlier this month after kicking a ball at two different opposition players.
Hulk and Wu wore T-shirts in support of the banned Oscar after SIPG beat Henan Jianye 4-1 last weekend and appeared before a Chinese Football Association (CFA) disciplinary committee on Wednesday in Beijing alongside coach Andre Villas-Boas.
Hulk wore a T-shirt with the words “NOTHING TO DO, NOTHING TO SAY” written on it, which is the same phrase as seen on a T-shirt worn by Oscar as well as a banner unfurled by SIPG fans during the match against Henan, while Wu’s said “NOTHING TO DO”.
Both were sanctioned as the CFA claimed they “affected the CSL environment in an inappropriate way”.
Não foi só a torcida do SIPG que mostrou seu apoio à Oscar e Fu Huan. Hulk e Wu Lei aderiram à ideia e apoiaram seus companheiros. pic.twitter.com/9m4Qxpofqn
— China BR Futebol (@chinaBRfutebol) June 25, 2017
Villas-Boas was also sanctioned and handed a two-match Super League Stadium ban and fined 16,000 yuan following a post on his Instagram account, while SIPG were also hit with a financial penalty of 100,000 yuan.
Villas-Boas stated: “355 career games; 5 years in the English Premier League; 47 appearances for Brazil; 70 goals. ZERO RED CARDS!!! 8 games suspended.”
A post shared by André Villas Boas (@officialavb) on Jun 23, 2017 at 2:30am PDT
With Brazilian midfielder Oscar sidelined until the middle of August, Hulk, Wu and Villas-Boas will also be absent for this weekend’s trip to Jiangsu Suning and also the away match against Changchun Yatai the following week.
Hulk and Wu are SIPG’s joint-top scorers in the Super League this season with nine goals each in 14 games for Villas-Boas’ second-placed side, who trail leaders Guangzhou Evergrande by four points.
A post shared by Givanildo V. De Sousa- Hulk (@hulkparaiba) on Jun 20, 2017 at 10:29pm PDT