Oscar hit with eight-game ban after brawl

Former Chelsea player Oscar has been banned for eight games after triggering a 50-man brawl during Sunday’s Chinese Super League match.
Oscar, 25, appeared to kick the ball straight at two players from opponents Guangzhou R&F during Sunday’s match, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

The Brazilian was pushed to the ground before players from both sides fought.
Oscar, who joined Shanghai SIPG in  a £60m dealin January, was also fined 40,000 Yuan (£4,620).

The incident came in first-half injury time, and Shanghai’s Fu Huan and Guangzhou’s Li Zixiang were sent off for their part in the brawl, but Oscar was not booked.

Fu and Li have received six and five-game bans respectively from the Chinese Football Association, while Guangzhou’s Chen Zhizhao, who pushed Oscar to the floor, has been banned for seven league games.

“Disrespect the opponent? It is not true. I am a very dedicated player and respect sportsmanship,” Oscar was quoted as saying on the Sina Sports website.

Oscar sparks a 50-man brawl in China

Former Chelsea player Oscar sparked a 50-man brawl during a Chinese Super League match on Sunday afternoon.

The incident came in first-half injury time during Guangzhou R&F’s 1-1 draw with Shanghai SIPG, shortly after Hulk had equalised for the away side, who are managed by former Tottenham and Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Oscar became agitated and appeared to deliberately lash the ball at two opposition players before being pushed to the ground.

That prompted a brawl involving all 22 players, both sets of substitutes and several members of staff on the pitch.

The referee ended up sending one player off from each side – Tixiang Li of Guangzhou and Huan Fu of Shanghai with neither happy with the decision.

It was the second controversy of the game involving Oscar, who set up Hulk’s goal, but was marginally offside.

And the game, which started in heavy rain, will also be remembered for a howler from Shanghai goalkeeper Junling Yan for the opening goal.

However, it’s the brawl which will make headlines – and you can see it in the video at the top of the page.

FA Cup results

Oscar fired a first-half hat-trick and Eden Hazard finally opened his account for the season as Chelsea eased to a 5-1 victory away to MK Dons and book a place in the FA Cup fifth round.
Chelsea took the lead after 15 minutes when a horrible mistake from Kyle McFadzean allowed Diego Costa to pick the ball up on the left-side of the area and he squared for Oscar to slide the ball in an unprotected net from 12 yards.
But Darren Potter levelled matters just five minutes later when his 20-yard strike took a wicked deflection off Nemanja Matic and looped into the top corner of Thibaut Courtois’ net.
Eden Hazard then wasted a glorious chance to end his season-long goal drought when, one on one with David Martin, he saw his effort saved onto the post and back into the arms of the grateful goalkeeper.
The visitors restored their lead after 32 minutes when Oscar drove in an angled drive following a lovely throughball from Reuben Loftus-Cheek.
And the player was celebrating his hat-trick a couple of minutes before the break when he scored a goal of absolute top quality, picking the ball up on the left flank, before cutting inside three challenges and bending an unsaveable effort into the corner from edge of the area.
Hazard did break his 30-game wait for a goal by tucking home from the penalty spot in the 55th minute, while Bertrand Traore made it 5-1 with a simple finish in the 63rd minute.

Arouna Kone, Aaron Lennon and Ross Barkley scored as Everton eased into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 win at Carlisle United.
Everton made six changes from the side that lost at Manchester City in the Capital One Cup in midweek, with Seamus Coleman, Bryan Oviedo, James McCarthy, Aaron Lennon, Steven Pienaar and Arouna Kone in for John Stones, Leighton Baines, Gareth Barry, Leon Osman, Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku.

Carlisle United 0 – 3 Everton
Milton Keynes Dons 1 – 5 Chelsea