Former Chelsea player Oscar has been banned for eight games after triggering a 50-man brawl during Sunday’s Chinese Super League match.
The incident was in first-half injury time during Guangzhou R&F’s 1-1 draw with Shanghai SIPG, shortly after Hulk had equalised for the away side, who are managed by former Tottenham and Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas.
Oscar became agitated and appeared to deliberately lash the ball at two opposition players before being pushed to the ground.
That prompted a melee involving all 22 players, both sets of substitutes and several members of staff on the pitch.
The referee ended up sending one player off from each side – Tixiang Li of Guangzhou and Huan Fu of Shanghai with neither happy with the decision.
It was the second controversy of the game involving Oscar, who set up Hulk’s goal, but was marginally offside.
The Chinese Football Association issued lengthy bans to four players, including Oscar, and fined him 40,000 yuan (around £4,700).
Oscar is one of the most high-profile players in the Chinese Super League after he joined SIPG for an Asian-record £60m this season.
Source: Sky Sports