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Former Tottenham and Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is set for a lengthy spell in the stands after being given an eight-game ban in the Chinese Super League.
The 39-year old, who has also managed Porto and Zenit St Petersburg, made the switch to China in November, taking over from Sven-Goran Eriksson.
He was won 25 of his games in charge and his side, which includes former Chelsea pair Ricardo Carvalho and Oscar, as well as Brazil international Hulk, are currently second in the Chinese Super League, four points behind league leaders Guangzhou Evergrande.
But he won't be on the touchline for the remaining games of the domestic season after landing himself in hot water with the Chinese Football Association. And it's all down to a gesture AVB made during his side's 1-0 win Beijing Guoan.
The Portuguese boss, a prodigy of the late, great Bobby Robson, was furious with Shi Zhen Lu not awarding his side a penalty in the game and rubbed his fingers together, as if he was counting money, to indicate that the official was being bribed.
His actions have not been received well from the CFA, who have handed him the eight-match ban, which will mean he will be in the stands for the rest of the season, with only three league games left.
A statement from the CFA read: "Shanghai SIPG head coach Villas-Boas has verbally abused the match official and aimed offensive gesture at him.
"His conduct has severely influenced society in a negative fashion."
As per Goal, when the ban is completed, it will mean the SIPG boss will have missed a total of 12 games due to suspension, in what has been a managerial stint full of controversy.
Only a few weeks back, he was fined £10,000 for ranting at match officials during a game against Felipe Scolari's Evergrande side. SIPG won the Asian Champions League quarter final clash on penalties but an incensed AVB was deemed to have used "offensive words" about the referee.
In a post-match press conference after seeing his side lose 5-1 in the second leg, but progress on penalties having won the first leg 4-0, he accused the officials of favouring Guangzhou over the two legs and was once again in the CFA's bad books.
SIPG drew with Urawa Reds in the ACL semi-final first leg on 27 September, with the second fixture coming on 18 October.
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