SHANGHAI: Brazilian international Oscar was at the centre of a mass brawl in the Chinese Super League as players and staff from his Shanghai SIPG side and opponents Guangzhou R&F scrapped on the pitch.
After the former Chelsea midfielder appeared to fire the ball deliberately twice at Guangzhou players, he was rushed by an opponent, fell to the ground and a melee broke out.
One player from each side was sent off as the opening of the CSL transfer window was marked in rambunctious style.
The fight erupted just before half-time in Sunday’s CSL clash at Guangzhou R&F, where Andre Villas-Boas’s SIPG were attempting to keep up the pressure on league leaders Guangzhou Evergrande.
Oscar, who cost SIPG a whopping 60 million euros (US$67 million) in the last transfer window to become the biggest transfer in Asian football history, sparked the confrontation when he deliberately lashed the ball twice at R&F players.
The home side’s Chen Zhizhao lashed out in retaliation, pushing the 25-year-old Brazilian to the floor, then players, coaching staff and substitutes poured off the benches and waded in as Oscar lay face down on the pitch.
When order was restored after pushing and shoving between both sides, R&F’s Li Tixiang and Shanghai’s Fu Huan were dismissed and three others were booked.
Oscar was unhurt and the fiery encounter finished 1-1 to leave Villas-Boas’s side four points behind reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande.
Another Brazilian international, the forward Hulk, scored for Shanghai after being set up by Oscar.