Hulk accused of punching rival coach

Brazilian striker Hulk has been accused of punching the coach of a rival team on Saturday because he 'despises the Chinese people', a claim his club Shanghai SIPG denied after their latest win in the Chinese Super League.
Hulk (pictured) is claimed to have punched an opposing coach at half-time on Saturday night
Hulk, who joined SIPG from Zenit St Petersburg in an Asian record deal worth €55million (£46.5m) in June last year, allegedly punched Guizhou Zhicheng's assistant coach Yu Ming at half-time during his side's 3-0 win.


'There were some arguments in the first half and their coaches took the initiative to insult us during the game, that was why we had the arguments with them,' said out-going Guizhou head coach Li Bing, who is due to be replaced by Spaniard Gregorio Manzano.
'This lasted until the break, and later, in the corridor, Hulk cursed our assistant coach in English. We argued with him and he punched our assistant coach Yu Ming and Yu fell to the ground.
Hulk's club Shanghai SIPG have refuted the 'inappropriate' claims and say they are untrue
'Foreign players come here to help with the development of Chinese football, but no matter how well you play, you can't despise Chinese people, let alone beat our Chinese coaches.'
SIPG, who won the game after a heated first half that saw referee Gu Chunhan disallow two Guizhou goals, denied the allegations on social media.
Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas also denies claims tempers frayed at half-time
'The claims Hulk punched the assistant coach of Guizhou are not true,' SIPG said on the club's official Weibo account.

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