Bench-clearing brawl breaks up China-Brazil basketball match

14:25, October 13, 2010      

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Players from both teams, including bench players, involved in punching and kicking each other during their third match on Oct. 12 in Xuchang city, central China's Henan Province.
(Photo by Wang Song/Xinhua)

What was supposed to be a friendly international match between the Chinese and Brazilian national basketball teams erupted into a full-scale flare-up of fisticuffs on Oct. 12 forcing the match to end before the first quarter even finished.

The game, which took place in Xuchang city in central China's Henan Province, saw heavy physical contact three minutes. Chinese player Zhang Qingpeng, who scored 24 points in the previous game, was knocked onto the ground head first three minutes in and carried off on a stretcher.

When Chinese coach Bob Donewald fouled out nine minutes into the game, it put further stress on an already tense situation.

More physical contact broke out as Brazilian players were exiting after the first conflict stopped.

This was the third friendly international game between the two national teams

FIBA could impose penalties on players from both teams who were involved. At press time, there were no comments from the world basketball governing body or the Brazilian side.

By People's Daily Online
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