KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Italian coach Marcello Lippi has been provisionally suspended for one match for confronting a referee Guangzhou Evergrande's 1-0 loss in Sydney to the Western Sydney Wanderers in the Asian Champions League quarterfinals.
Lippi, who coached Italy to the World Cup title in 2006, will be banned from sitting in the dugout during Guangzhou's home leg of the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
The Asian Football Confederation announced the provisional ban on Sunday, saying the final ...
Rarely has a fixture featured such a contrast in opponents. Only a week after bombing out of the inaugural FFA Cup 1-0 to semiprofessional minnow Adelaide City, the Western Sydney Wanderers now have to face Asian heavyweight Guangzhou Evergrande.
Here are three talking points for the Wanderers ahead of their AFC Champions League quarterfinal in Sydney on Wednesday:
1. The almighty dollar
It's almost impossible to analyse Guangzhou Evergrande without talking about money. Since being purchased by...
Singaporean businessman Eric Ding Si Yang has been jailed for three years after being found guilty of bribing three Lebanese referees to fix a game.
Ding, 32, was sentenced on Thursday for hiring prostitutes for match officials in return for fixing the result of an AFC Cup game; he is expected to appeal both the conviction and the sentence.
FIFA referee Ali Sabbagh last year admitted to having sex with women hired by Ding and was sentenced to six months in prison and handed a lifetime ban from ...