However, Villas-Boas didn't think Alvaro - who earlier accused Angel Di Maria of spitting at him - would have committed such a wrongdoing.
The Beijing Ducks have reached a multi-year agreement with Pianigiani, who will lead the team in the 2020-21 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) season.
Last season ended with failure to qualify for Europe and that saw the club begin a major clear out. Central defender Ezequiel Garay became a free agent, while Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin were sold at a bargain price to nearby Villarreal and Spain internationals Ferran Torres and Rodrigo Moreno joined Manchester City and Leeds United, with Torres going for much less than most believe he is worth.
Williams will take on Azarenka in the semifinals, who triumphed against Mertens 6-1, 6-0.
In regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, Samaranch reported that Beijing 2022 has been in direct contact with the relevant International Federations, developing plans for different scenarios at a number of official test events this coming winter based on the latest COVID-19 situation.
Despite Hoeness's threats, Bayern seem stuck in a tricky situation as both Alaba and Thiago might cause new unrest over the upcoming season. On the other hand, the Bavarian's need to organize a well-oiled squad and gain income to sign new faces.
Yu, 25, has agreed a one-year contract with Xinjiang, with the option of a one-year extension.
Zall tried to add fresh attacking impetus by bringing loanee Dong Xuesheng and under-23 goalkeeper Wang Zhifeng on for the second half.
Sunday kicks off with Alaves starting their centenary season at home to Betis in another game which had its kick-off changed late on Wednesday night. The match was due to start at 9 pm on Monday but has been brought forward to 14:00 on Sunday in a move which will have ruined the final preparations of coaches Pablo Machin and Manuel Pellegrini, both of whom are debuting with their respective clubs.
The announcement came a day after a 2-0 home loss to Palmeiras, a result that left Corinthians 13th in the 20-team standings with just two wins from eight matches.
Luneng were on a three-game winless run before Sunday's game while Evergrande dominated Group A, despite losing to Luneng 1-0 in the first leg, their only defeat this season.