Football: Oscar gets eight-game ban over China brawl

Shanghai SIPG's Oscar (in red) kicking the ball at a Guangzhou R&F player (23) in an incident that led to a brawl during their Chinese Super League match in Guangzhou, China on June 18, 2017.
Shanghai SIPG's Oscar (in red) kicking the ball at a Guangzhou R&F player (23) in an incident that led to a brawl during their Chinese Super League match in Guangzhou, China on June 18, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

Shanghai (AFP) - Brazilian international Oscar was banned for eight games on Thursday (June 22) for triggering a spectacular mass brawl in the Chinese Super League between his Shanghai SIPG side and Guangzhou R&F.

After the former Chelsea midfielder appeared twice to fire the ball deliberately at Guangzhou players on Sunday (June 18), he was rushed by several opponents. Oscar fell to the ground and a melee broke out around him.

The Chinese Football Association issued lengthy bans to four players, including the 25-year-old, and fined him 40,000 yuan (S$8,138).

Oscar, who was not booked at the time of the scrap, is one of the most high-profile players in the Chinese Super League (CSL) after he joined SIPG for an Asian-record €60 million (S$93.08 million) this season.

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