Villas-Boas furious with referee after Guangzhou Evergrande clash

Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas claimed their rivals Guangzhou Evergrande enjoyed the referees’ favour during their AFC Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.

Shanghai SIPG reached their first AFC Champions League semi-finals despite suffering the 5-1 defeat against Guangzhou Evergrande.

Both sides ended their two-leg quarterfinals 5-5 on aggregate, however, SIPG secured the semi-final slot with a 5-4 penalty shootout win over the two-time champions as the game went into extra-time and penalties.

“In the last gam, Fu Huan had a very clean slide tackle which led to his suspension in this match,” Villas-Boas became furious after the game in Guangzhou, as quoted by Reuters.

“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.”