Oscar sparks mass brawl in Chinese league

Oscar sparks mass brawl in Chinese league

Commentator Xu said, "Oscar is an big name global and when you come to the Chinese Super League, you have to live up to your reputation, but I feel his actions are not up to what is required from a top player".

Shanghai SIPG midfielder Oscar has denied disrespecting Guangzhou R&F after his actions sparked a brawl that saw two men sent off during the sides' Chinese Super League game on Sunday.

Oscar became agitated and appeared to deliberately lash the ball at two opposition players before being pushed to the ground.

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

SIPG is second in the table, four points behind leader Guangzhou Evergrande.

Oscar's manager Andre Villas-Boas backed him up and said he had acted in the interests of the team.

The playmaker's actions appeared deliberate as he booted the ball at players on the halfway line.

Oscar lost his cool at the end of the first half, just moments after assisting his compatriot Hulk to make it 1-1 at the Yuexiushan Stadium.

Villas-Boas told Shanghai's official social media: "Our goal should be offside and it was unlucky for Guangzhou".

But that apology might not be enough for the CSL and image-conscious Chinese Football Association (CFA).

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