Hulk banned for Oscar protest

Shanghai SIPG Hulk

Hulk has been handed a two-match ban by the Chinese Football Association for protesting the eight-match suspension of team-mate Oscar.

Ex-Chelsea midfielder Oscar was hit with a lengthy ban last month after sparking a mass brawl in Shanghai SIPG’s draw against Guangzhou R&F when he deliberately blasted the ball at two opposition players.

Hulk and team-mate Wu Lei both wore t-shirts supporting Oscar in SIPG’s win over Henan Jianye last weekend, with the Brazilian sporting a motto reading “nothing to do, nothing to say”.

Both Hulk and Wu have now both been fined and handed two-match bans, while manager Andre Villas-Boas also faces a two-game stadium ban for “inappropriate comments on social media”.

Villas-Boas posted on Instagram: “355 career games; 5 years in the English Premier League; 47 appearances for Brazil; 70 goals. ZERO RED CARDS!!! 8 games suspended.”

The CFA statement read: “Victory is the result every participant pursues but it can never be at the cost of sacrificing football order and disrupting football rules.

“Respect the rules, referees, fans, opponents and the game.

“The CFA will keep strictly punishing all violations of rules and discipline and hope that all clubs, officials and players can maintain order.”

The suspensions will come as a further blow to second place SIPG’s title challenge, as they look to overcome the four-point gulf with reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande.