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Brazilian footballer Oscar sparks off brawl in Chinese Super League

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Brazilian international Oscar triggered 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.

The fight erupted just before half-time in Sunday’s CSL clash at Guangzhou R&F.

Oscar sparked the confrontation when he lashed the ball twice at R&F players.

Players from Shanghai SIPG (in red) and Guangzhou R&F exchange blows during a Chinese Super League match yesterday. Pic/AFP
Players from Shanghai SIPG (in red) and Guangzhou R&F exchange blows during a Chinese Super League match yesterday. Pic/AFP

The home side’s Chen Zhizhao retaliated, pushing the 25-year-old Brazilian to the ground.

Then players, coaching staff and substitutes poured off the benches and waded in as Oscar lay face-down on the pitch.

Oscar denied he purposely twice aimed the ball at R&F players. “Disrespect the opponent? It is not true. I am a very dedicated player and respect sportsmanship,” Sina Sports website quoted him as saying.

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