Connect with us

AFP

Hulk denies punch, says ‘I like Chinese people’


Shanghai (AFP) – Shanghai SIPG’s Brazilian striker Hulk insisted he likes and respects “all of the Chinese people” as he rejected claims of a racially motivated assault on an assistant coach in the Chinese Super League.

Guizhou Zhicheng’s head coach Li Bing has accused the muscular Brazilian of punching his assistant coach Yu Ming at half-time during SIPG’s 3-0 victory on Saturday.

But Hulk, one of a number of highly paid foreign stars in the cash-rich Super League, denied any violent behaviour. SIPG has also said the incident “did not occur”.

“Unfortunately they are trying to abuse my image,” Hulk wrote in English on the Chinese microblogging website, Weibo, late Sunday.

“The coach of the adversary team is accusing me of aggression. Where did he see it? I didn’t behave violently in any way!

“I have my conscience clear. God knows it. I just want to do what I love most — (which) is to play football! I’m very happy in China. I like and respect all of the Chinese people.”

Hulk, who signed from Zenit St Petersburg for 55 million euros last June, has been SIPG’s top-scorer this season with eight goals in all competitions for Andre Villas-Boas’s side.

Guizhou’s Li first raised the allegations of a racist attack on Yu at Saturday’s post-match press conference, and then made further claims on social media.

“Foreign players are here to improve our football level. Hulk has strong skills, but he cannot be here and despise Chinese people,” he told journalists.

Li later posted on social media that Hulk “suddenly brought his fist out at Yu Ming’s forehead and knocked him to the ground”. 

But SIPG said there was no security camera footage of the altercation, and accused Li and Yu of making “inappropriate statements… provoking hostility between foreign and Chinese players”.

Guizhou Zhicheng later posted that “the evidence is still unclear” and appealed to both sides to “look at the big picture” of developing Chinese football.

200+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
  • Includes NBC, USA, FOX, ESPN, CBSSN & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
  • Price: $69.99/mo. for Entertainment package
  • Watch World Cup, Euro 2024 & MLS
  • Includes ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 + local channels
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
  • Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
  • Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
2,000+ soccer games per year
  • Price: $4.99/mo
  • Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
  • Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
  • Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in AFP

Translate »