Oscar hit with eight-game suspension

Shanghai SIPG’s Oscar has been banned for eight games after sparking a mass brawl between his teammates and their Guangzhou R&F counterparts.

The incident, which can be seen in the clip below, occurred during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Yuexiushan Stadium.

During open play, Oscar deliberately kicked the ball into two members of the opposition team before theatrically falling to the ground when confronted by a third member of the opposition. A massive brawl ensued.

The Brazilian was out of line however the eight-game suspension and 40,000 Yuan fine seems harsh and should be seen as a clear sign that the Chinese Football Association are adopting a zero tolerance policy on the mass brawls that are currently very much apart of the game in the domestic league.

“According to the referee’s report, video evidence and a written explanation from the parties involved, when the game reached the 45+2 minute SIPG player Oscar offended opposing players in an immoral manner, leading to a massive brawl which has had a very bad influence on the Chinese Super League’s reputation,” an official statement said.

Oscar joined SIPG from Chelsea in January as the club broke the Asian transfer record to sign the Brazil international for €60m.

He will not be eligible to play for his club in the league until August 13 as a result of his suspension.

That is hardly getting your money’s worth.