Absurd behaviour lands eight match ban for Oscar

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Oscar has been slapped with a eight-match ban and $5000 fine by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) for inciting mass brawl during Shanghai SIPG’s CSL fixture with Guangzhou R&F at the weekend.

Oscar deliberately kicked the ball into two Guangzhou players which infuriated the opposing side, causing an on-field fight between the two sets of players.

Oscar was pushed to the floor and two players i.e. Shanghai’s Fu Huan and Li Tixiang of Guangzhou were sent off in this brawl. The brawl started as a result of Hulk’s equaliser – which was set up by Oscar. Guangzhou players complained the goal had been allowed to stand despite claiming Hulk had been offside and tempers flared.

Oscar will not play again for his side until August 13. The melee was so unusual that the CFA consulted the FIFA on how best to deal with the incident.

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

“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 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.”