In what is being described as one of Asian football’s “darkest days,” the AFC Champions League semi-final between Qatar’s Al Sadd and South Korea’s Suwon Bluewings football teams ground to a temporary halt on Wednesday as members engaged in a rough bout of fist-fighting.
A tepid encounter at South Korea’s Suwon World Cup Stadium exploded late in the second half after Al Sadd’s Mamadou Niang raced through for his breakaway second goal while much of Suwon’s team were tending to an injured player.
A pushing and shoving match sparked by a fan invading the pitch deteriorated into chaotic scenes as players and staff were drawn into fighting which marred one of Asia’s biggest club games.
Al Sadd’s Kader Keita and Suwon player Stevica Ristic were both sent off as order was finally restored and shortly afterwards, goal-scorer Niang became the third player expelled for a second yellow card for kicking the ball away.
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