Brazil’s Oscar was banned for eight games on Thursday after triggering a mass brawl in the Chinese Super League between his Shanghai SIPG side and opponents Guangzhou R&F.

After the former Chelsea midfielder appeared twice to fire the ball deliberately at Guangzhou players on Sunday, he was rushed by several opponents. Oscar fell to the ground and a melee broke out. The fight erupted just before half-time in Sunday’s CSL clash at Guangzhou R&F, where Andre Villas-Boas’ SIPG were attempting to keep up the pressure on league leaders Guangzhou Evergrande.

The Chinese Football Association issued lengthy bans to four players, including Oscar, and fined him 40,000 yuan ($6,000). Oscar is one of the most high-profile players in the Chinese Super League after he joined SIPG for an Asian-record €60 million this season.