Oscar sparks on-field brawl in Chinese Super League

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Former Chelsea player Oscar sparked a bench-clearing tussle in the Chinese Super League game between Shanghai SIPG and Guangzhou R&F on Sunday after twice kicking the ball into players at close range.

The Brazilian worldwide midfielder had instigated the incident after twice firing the ball at R&F players in a deliberate manner, which he later denied.

At least it's an exciting start to the CSL transfer window, which opened up more or less right as the former Chelsea midfielder was inviting mass chaos.

Oscar cost SIPG a whopping 60 million euros ($67 million) in the last transfer window, the biggest such deal in Asian football history.

The 1-1 draw leaves Shanghai four points behind leaders Guangzhou Evergrande in Chinese Super League standings, but it's clear that the true winners here were the fans who got to enjoy seeing a bunch of grown men make fools of themselves with some less-than-assertive shoving.

Another Brazilian worldwide, the forward Hulk, scored for Shanghai after being set up by Oscar.

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

The incident triggered Guangzhou players to react after which Chen Zhizhao rushed towards the Brazilian International in anger.

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

One player from each side received a red card, but Oscar walked away without any disciplinary action.

Oscar denied targeting the opponent player or disrespecting them.

Shanghai Shenhua's Qin Sheng was hit with a six-month ban earlier this year for stomping on Belgium worldwide Axel Witsel of Tianjin Quanjian.

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