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Oscar slapped with EIGHT-match ban and $5000 fine for inciting mass brawl

Date Posted,June 21, 2017

Former Chelsea star Oscar has been hit with an eight-match ban after inciting a mass brawl during Shanghai SIPG’s CSL fixture with Guangzhou R&F at the weekend.

The Brazilian deliberately fired the ball at two opposing players, causing an on-field fight between the two sets of players.

As such, he has been banned by Chinese football’s governing body until August 13, while also being handed an additional $5,000 fine.

The brawl ended with a player from each side being sent off minutes after Oscar himself had teed up Hulk to score his side’s equaliser.

Guangzhou players complained the goal had been allowed to stand despite claiming Hulk had been offside and tempers flared. Shanghai’s Fu Huan and Li Tixiang of Guangzhou were dismissed by referee Zhou Gang while Oscar escaped punishment.

Oscar blasts the ball at an opponent (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
And at another (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
Battle commences (Photo: Visual China Group)

“Oscar is not a dirty player,” SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas said post-game. “I believe he was hoping to show some passion and fighting spirit. The match was very intense and he wanted to help the team. But of course I believe this kind of conflict should be avoided.”

Oscar and three other players involved, had disciplinary hearings following the melee during the latter stages of the first half at the weekend.

But Oscar did not attend his hearing, later being pictured wearing a t-shirt with the words “nothing to do, nothing to say” while out with teammates Elkeson, Hulk and Ricardo Carvalho on Wednesday.

Oscar lies on the floor as the brawl goes on (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
All kicking off (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
Chinese chiefs are unhappy with how things looked to the outside world (Photo: Visual China Group)

The CAF have chosen to come down hard on the midfielder, having wrote to FIFA for advice on the matter, blasting his “immoral foul”.

“Oscar’s immoral foul, which sparked a massive bust-up on the pitch, has had a huge negative impact on China’s professional football leagues,” read a statement from the CFA.

“The CFA alway attaches great importance to the issue of discipline, taking great pains to root out the violent fouls and other unsportsmanlike behaviour.

“Hopefully disciplinary offences would be severely punished by all clubs and efforts shall be made to maintain the order of the games and protect the development of football.”

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