Thursday, 22 June 2017

Ex-Chelsea Player Oscar Gets 8-Match Ban Over China Brawl

Brazil’s Oscar was banned for eight games on Thursday for triggering a mass brawl in the Chinese Super League between his Shanghai SIPG side and opponents Guangzhou R&F.
Former Chelsea midfielder appeared twice to fire the ball deliberately at Guangzhou players on Sunday, he was rushed by several opponents.

Oscar fell to the ground and a melee broke out which led to a mass brawl taking place with many members of both backroom staffs also getting involved.

Chinese Football Association has opted to punish the Brazilian for instigating the scenes which followed and he will now be sidelined until the middle of August.

The Chinese Football Association issued lengthy bans to four players, including Oscar, and fined him 40,000 yuan ($6,000, £4000, N1.64m).

The melee was so unusual that the CFA consulted the English FA on how best to deal with the incident.
Ex-Chelsea star Oscar handed lengthy ban for sparking massive brawl in China

"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 of CFA.

"The CFA always 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."
Oscar will not play again for his side until August 13.

A hearing on Wednesday reviewed evidence and testimony, but Oscar did not attend.

Oscar is one of the most high-profile players in the Chinese Super League after he joined SIPG for an Asian-record 60 million euros this season.

Oscar has scored four times in 21 appearances since making the switch to Asia.

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