Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar is currently plying his trade in the Chinese Super League and recently sparked a brawl on the pitch. Players and staff from his Shanghai SIPG side and opponents Guangzhou R&F engaged in a scuffle on the pitch after the Brazilian international appeared to fire the ball deliberately twice at Guangzhou players.
Eventually, one player from each side was sent off.
With Andre Villas-Boas’s SIPG attempting to keep the pressure on league leaders Guangzhou Evergrande, the fight erupted right before half-time.
Oscar, whose 60 million euros price tag raised more than just a few eyebrows in the last transfer window hasn’t been in the news since. That’s because the CSL, despite signing a lot of attractive names, isn’t the league of choice for people to watch. Unfortunately, the player has broken into the limelight because of the wrong reasons.
After setting up compatriot Hulk for an equaliser in the first half, Oscar appeared to lose his cool, just minutes later and deliberately lashed the ball twice at R&F players, the home side retaliated, pushing the 25-year-old Brazilian to the floor, and soon after, players, coaching staff and substitutes came off the benches and joined in as Oscar lay face down on the pitch with Shanghai’s players looking to protect Oscar.
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Li Tixiang and Shanghai’s Fu Huan were dismissed and three others were booked shortly after order was restored on the pitch.
Manager Villas-Boas defended Oscar, saying that he was “just being passionate”.