New Delhi: Ex-Chelsea midfielder Oscar was given a hero's welcome as he touched down in China after completing his £60million switch from Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG in the 2016-17 January transfer window.
Little did anyone know that the Brazilian international will be at the epicenter of a never seen before mass brawl during Shanghai's CSL game against Guangzhou R&F on Sunday.
Oscar lost his cool at the end of the first half, just moments after assisting his compatriot Hulk to make it 1-1 at the Yuexiushan Stadium.
Oscar deliberately tried to hit Guangzhou players twice, before he fell on the ground and a maelstrom broke out.
The footballer who earns more than £500,000-a-week across the four-year deal he had penned in the Far East, started a brawl in which players, coaching staff and substitutes poured off the benches and waded in as Oscar lay face-down on the pitch.
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R&F's Li Tixiang and Shanghai's Fu Huan were dismissed and three others were booked as the fight erupted just before half-time, where Andre Villas-Boas' SIPG were attempting to keep up the pressure on league leaders Guangzhou Evergrande.
Oscar was unhurt and the fiery encounter finished 1-1 to leave SIPG four points behind reigning champions Evergrande.
"Disrespect the opponent? It is not true. I am a very dedicated player and respect sportsmanship," Sina Sports website quoted Oscar.