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Former Guizhou Zhicheng coach Li Bing to face punishment over unfounded Hulk assault claims

Shanghai SIPG striker was accused of punching an opposition assistant earlier this month in what was said to be a racially motivated attack

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 May, 2017, 3:08pm
UPDATED : Monday, 15 May, 2017, 3:10pm

Former Guizhou Zhicheng coach Li Bing is this week expected to face sanctions from the Chinese Football Association over the allegations Shanghai SIPG striker Hulk punched his then assistant, claims which now appear to be unfounded with no evidence.

Li, who was replaced by Spaniard Gregorio Manzano last week, said Brazilian Hulk hit Yu Ming at half-time of Guizhou’s 3-0 Chinese Super League defeat by SIPG at the start of May.

But with Hulk expected to avoid punishment for the alleged attack, which was claimed to also be racially motivated, Li faced a Chinese Football Association (CFA) hearing last week.

Li said he saw the evidence presented by the CFA, SIPG and Super League, but insisted it was not complete.

“Although the two clubs have reconciled, once there is any incident against discipline the CFA must interfere and investigate. We can’t tolerate any similar behaviour,” said CFA commissioner Yu Hongchen.

Watch: Tianjin Teda 0 Shanghai SIPG highlights

Hulk was in action on Sunday as SIPG consolidated second-place in the Super League with a 1-0 win over Tianjin Teda thanks to a first-half goal from defender Fu Huan.

SIPG trail leaders Guangzhou Evergrande by three points after the defending champions edged out Changchun Yatai 1-0 thanks to a spectacular second-half strike from defender Zhang Linpeng.

Shanghai SIPG striker Hulk avoids punishment over alleged racially motivated coach punch

“You all know that we’ve just come back from Australia and game was very difficult for us,” said SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas following last week’s AFC Champions League defeat by Western Sydney Wanderers.

“We suffered some fitness problems, but fortunately we withstood their attacks in the second half.”

Elsewhere, Shandong Luneng missed out on a chance to keep pace with the leaders as a last-minute strike from Alex Teixeira saw Jiangsu Suning claim a first win of the season after snatching a 2-1 win.

Watch: Changchun Yatai 0 Guangzhou Evergrande 1 highlights

“It feels so good to score a goal in the last minute. The fans are always with us no matter if we win or lose. I feel this win belongs to all of us,” said Teixeira after Ramires had equalised for Jiangsu just before the hour mark after Diego Tardelli had opened the scoring for Shandong midway through the first half.

“This game could be a turning point for us. It’s like an injection of fresh strength into us and now we can do better in the future.”

Watch: Jiangsu Suning 2 Shandong Luneng 1 highlights