Touchline ban could mean end for Scolari

Guangzhou Evergrande manager Luiz Felipe Scolari was handed a three-game touchline ban by the Chinese Football Association on Friday, that could mean the Brazilian World Cup winning coach has appeared in the club's dugout for the final time.

 Luiz Felipe Scolari

Guangzhou Evergrande head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari Source: Getty Images

Scolari received the punishment after being sent to the stands for questioning refereeing decisions during his side's dramatic 4-3 win over Yanbian Funde in the Chinese Super League last week.

With only three games remaining, the ban means Scolari will not be allowed to appear on the Guangzhou bench again before the end of the season.

The sanction could also mean Scolari has made his last appearance on the sidelines as Guangzhou coach, with the 68-year-old yet to sign an extension to his current deal, due to expire on November 30.

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Guangzhou could clinch a record seventh straight CSL title this weekend when Scolari's team take on Guizhou Zhicheng.

Victory over Gregorio Manzano's team and a defeat for Andre Villas-Boas's Shanghai SIPG against Guangzhou R&F would be enough to hand Evergrande the title, with the head-to-head record between teams counting as the tie breaker.

Scolari joined Guangzhou in June 2015 as a replacement for Italian Fabio Cannavaro, another World Cup winner, and the Brazilian has already steered the club to two league titles, the Asian Champions League crown in 2015 and the Chinese FA Cup last year.

They were knocked out of the latter two competitions this year by big-spending SIPG.


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Published 21 October 2017 at 2:43pm
Source: Reuters