Shandong Luneng’s Brazilian coach Cuca suffered a savage attack from an official after tensions boiled over at the end of his side’s Chinese Super League match against Guizhou Renhe.
The bizarre exchange, which took place in Guiyang on Thursday night, reportedly included Cuca being punched by a linesman after the match.
The nasty scenes were the result of a toxic atmosphere created by a disputed disallowed goal for Luneng in the second-half, with the score tied at 2-2.
It proved a pivotal moment as the game ended in a draw, leaving coach Cuca feeling dejected and with a score of his own to settle.
Linesman Zhan Wei found himself confronted by Luneng’s Han Peng after he had ruled out the goal in the 69th minute, which resulted in Peng being given a yellow card.
The ensuing protests resulted in Luneng being reduced to 10 men, with captain Hao Junmin receiving his second booking.
But as Cuca voiced his opinion on the game’s major talking point, the linesman attacked him, leaving the coach with a deep cut above the eye.
A Luneng official released a statement on Friday saying: ‘Cuca has a deep wound more than two and a half centimetres beside his left eyebrow.’
While Cuca was sent to hospital for an assessment on his injuries, Luneng have announced they are to launch an appeal to the Chinese Football Association (CFA).
Luneng player Zhao Mingjian wrote on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter: ‘It was for the first time in my 23-year playing career that I saw a referee beating a club coach on the pitch.’
Shandong Luneng remain top of the league with 26 points after 13 rounds, followed by defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande who are second to Luneng only on goal difference.
Guizhou Renhe are at the other end of the table, with just 10 points and still struggling in the relegation zone.
Credit: Daily Mail
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