Football star Hulk accused of racist attack on rival coach

Hulk was accused of carrying out the attack at half-time

The Brazilian footballer was once a target of several Premier League clubs

Monday, May 8, 2017

Brazilian striker Hulk has been accused of a racially motivated attack on a rival coach in the Chinese super league.

The former Porto and Zenit St Petersburg striker, who now plays for Shanghai SIPG, was accused of assault by Li Bing, the assistant coach of Guizhou Zhicheng, during a match in the Chinese Super League on Saturday.

The incident allegedly took place during the half-time interval, and Bing alleges the attack was underpinned by racism, according to French football magazine L'Equipe.

But Hulk - who got his nickname during an earlier spell in Japan from supporters who thought he looked like actor Lou Ferrigno - has denied the incident took place.

Writing on social media, Hulk said the accusers were trying to "mess up my image," adding "the coach of the opposing team accuses me of having assaulted him. Where did he see that? I have not been violent at all! 

"I have a quiet conscience, God knows it. I just want to do what I like most: play football! I am very happy in China. I like and I respect all the Chinese."

Hulk was also defended by his own coach, former Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, who said the incident hadn't taken place.