Large fire breaks out at Shanghai football stadium

Mobile phone footage now going viral on Chinese social media show a huge inferno raging and plumes of black smoke rising from the 33,000-seater stadium. It was put out in an hour and there were no reports of injury.

No one was injured in the fire. However, the police have revealed that they suspect the blaze may have started in the stadium's indoor rock climbing facilities.

The home stadium of China's Shanghai Shenhua football club caught fire early on Tuesday but there were no casualties and the blaze was extinguished by mid-morning, the city government said.

Its exact cause is now under investigation.

The Chinese Football Association (CFA) later confirmed that the "core area" of the Hongkou Football Stadium escaped major damage and that its suitability to host matches "has not changed".

The club, managed by Gus Poyet, boast the likes of Carlos Tevez in their squad, the Argentinian having signed over the winter on reported wages of £615,000 a week.

After being knocked out of Asia's top club competition in February the team felt obliged to apologise to fans.

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