WATCH - Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar sparks mass brawl during Chinese Super League clash
Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar found himself at the epicentre of a remarkable mass brawl during Shanghai SIPG's Chinese Super League game against Guangzhou R&F on Sunday.
Oscar, who moved to China for a fee of around £60m in the last January transfer window, appeared to lose his cool at the end of the first half at the Yuexiushan Stadium, just moments after supplying an assist for fellow Brazilian Hulk to make it 1-1.
The fracas began when Oscar fired the ball at two Guangzhou players in quick succession as tackles began to fly in midfield. Within seconds, five blue shirts had converged on him and he was knocked to the ground.
That inevitably led to all 22 players coming together in an almighty melee on the halfway line which, in turn, summoned both benches to join in as well - leaving referee Gang Zhou rather powerless to stop it.
Former Chelsea player Oscar starting the brawl at the Chinese Super League. pic.twitter.com/RgwRbov4CS— Footie Stuffs (@FootieStuffs) June 19, 2017
Surprisingly, perhaps, the official brandished just five cards once the dust had finally settled. Guangzhou's Li Tixiang saw red, along with three yellows for the hosts, while the visitors had Fu Huan sent for an early bath. Oscar, meanwhile, escaped any censure and completed the game without any further drama.
The 1-1 draw left Shanghai four points behind Chinese Super League leaders Guangzhou Evergrande, with Guangzhou R&F a further nine points behind in fifth.