Ex-Chelsea boss accuses rivals of staging three car crashes in front of their team bus


Former Chelsea and Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has accused a rival club of causing car crashes to disrupt his team.

Villas-Boas launched the outspoken attack after his nine-man Shanghai SIPG side beat rivals Guangzhou Evergrande, in the Asian Champions League quarter-final.

He rolled off a list of grievances against Guangzhou, managed by another ex-Chelsea manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari, including shocking claims they’d engineered three car accidents.

Villas-Boas, 39, said: “We come here on the bus for this game and the same two cars separately had three accidents in front of us. This is the problem.

“This club can do everything, they can cause accidents in front of us, they have players who can elbow Elkeson and not be suspended and yet we won.

“The referee gave our goalkeeper a yellow card during the penalties and this is a disgrace. It’s a disgrace.

“This is the biggest victory for SIPG and for these players, who gave everything until the end.”

SIPG won a penalty shootout 5-4 after home side Guangzhou had overturned a 4-0 first leg deficit to take the game into extra-time.

Andre Villas-Boas of Shanghai SPIG

“In the last game Fu Huan had a very clean slide tackle which led to his suspension in this match,” Villas-Boas, also a former Porto and Zenit manager, told reporters.

“Yan Junling is suspended for the first leg of the semi-final because the referee gave him a yellow card.

“The referee chose the end of the Guangzhou fans to take the penalties. The referee gives two red cards to our players.

“Zhang Linpeng should be suspended from this game because he used his elbow in the first game and he’s not suspended because the committee of ethics and discipline at AFC did not judge an elbow as violent conduct.

“This is the greatest achievement for SIPG ever because it’s against a club that is dominating the AFC.”

Shanghai SIPG players celebrate after their AFC Champions League quarter-final against Guangzhou Evergrande

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For Guangzhou’s part, Scolari also queried the officials’ performance on Tuesday.

“Our skipper (Zheng Zhi) was shown a red card in the World Cup qualifier but the same scenario happened today involving a SIPG player but he only got a yellow card,” said the Brazilian.

“Can anyone here tell me why?

“This comment is not against SIPG, this is not their problem. On the contrary, I congratulate them.

“I hope Chinese fans will cheer for them too and hope they can advance further in the Asian Champions League.”

SIPG lost in the quarter-finals of last year’s competition but will face one of Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds or Kawasaki Frontale for a place in the final.

Guangzhou, who won the ACL in 2013 and 2015, remain on course to claim the Chinese Super League title for a seventh straight season.

The AFC and Guangzhou did not comment when contacted by Reuters.

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