The Brazilian twice fired the ball at opponents from close range, prompting a fight that cleared the benches and resulted in two red cards
Brazilian stars Hulk and Oscar were at the centre of a wild brawl in Sunday’s Chinese Super League match between Shanghai SIPG and Guangzhou R&F.
Just before the half-time whistle, Hulk nutmegged one defender and looked to get past another as a frustrated Oscar smashed the ball toward Li Tixiang. The ball ricocheted off the Chinese defender but fell back to the Brazilian who once again booted the ball, sending it into another Guangzhou R&F player.
That started off a round of pushing and shoving that led to a full-on fight between members of both teams and saw Li and Shanhai SIPG’s Fu Huan given their marching orders.
Coach Dragan Stojkovic said: “I never allow my players to play so dirty. We respect our opponents, spectators and referees.
“Justice will prevail. I believe everybody saw what happened and I saw quite clearly what happened.”
Huang Shenghua, vice president of Guangzhou R&F, added: “It is hoped the Referees Committee will draw a fair conclusion after reviewing all the things that had happened.
“We all see the provocative behaviour of some of their players … I won’t make comment on the matter but I hope the management authority can do more about it.”
Hulk’s earlier goal had brought the score level as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw with 10 men each, but Oscar, who also provided the assist for his countryman’s strike, escaped punishment for his part in the choas.