Carlos Tevez has launched an amazing rant against the Chinese Super League after having a goal incorrectly chalked off - presumably for handball - during Shangai Shenua's 0-0 draw at Guangzhou R&F.
Tevez had looked to give the visitors an 86th-minute lead with a stunning solo effort having cut in from the right wing, only for the referee to blow his whistle as the Argentine striker slotted the ball into the far-left corner. The world's highest-paid player cut an incredulous figure, in genuine disbelief that the goal had been ruled out.
His goal was reportedly ruled out for a handball despite the ball quite conspicuously ricocheting off his groin/torso area en route to goal, and the referee standing not four yards from the action.
The following day, Tevez spoke with Spanish TV station Movistar and produced a rather scathing attack against the league which saw him become the world's highest paid footballer.
Tevez said of the CSL:
I don’t think they will be able to compete with any of the big European sides.
Even if the best players come, I think the football is very different and the fans treat it in a completely different way as well.
I don’t think they will get there in 50 years.
They aren’t very physical but I think they are very naive. Without meaning to, they can do you damage with a kick because they are clumsy.
Technically they are not very good, but I think with this new rule that the government have put in, the kids are going to have to start playing and they will improve a lot.
Tevez has scored just one goal from the spot in four appearances since joining Shanghai Shenua from his hometown club Boca Juniors in Argentina, having battled injury for most of his spell in China to date.
His comments will have doubtless gone down like a lead balloon with the league, which has had millions poured into it on president Xi Jinping's demand that China become a global football force.