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Wild brawl tarnishes end to Chinese FA Cup clash

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An Australian footballer has been lucky to escape injury after a wild brawl erupted following a match in China’s cup competition.

The incident occurred after Chinese giants Jiangsu Suning defeated amateur club Wuhan Hongxing 1-0 in the third round of the Chinese FA Cup, CBS reported.

Jiangsu regular and Socceroos centre-back Trent Sainsbury was left out of the squad on the night. His teammates who did take the field were violently set upon by Wuhan players, officials and fans after the match.

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Video of the incident showed members of Wuhan lashing out at Jiangsu players after the referee blew the final whistle.

Even Jiangsu staff were attacked as players kicked their opponents and those in the crowd jeered and pelted a volley of bottles and other projectiles at the pitch.

It was unclear what caused the incident which sent players from the bench streaming onto the field.

Watch footage of the violent incident below:

At one point, a lone Jiangsu player can be seen on the ground being attacked by a group of players and staff from Wuhan.

Sainsbury, 24 and a former Central Coast Mariners defender, took to Twitter to let everyone know he was okay and denounce the “disgusting scenes”.

The Jiangsu staff and squad left the stadium as soon as they could following the match.

Police and security were called to ensure a safe exit, but no arrests or charges were made.

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Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury sat the match out. Photo: Getty

Jiangsu has appealed to the Chinese FA seeking punishments be brought against those involved from Wuhan.

The Chinese FA announced an investigation had commenced. Officials from Wuhan also said they would punish those involved.

However the Wuhan officials said the cause of the brawl could not be attributed to players from their club only.

Sainsbury joined the Chinese club earlier this year. Jiangsu was one of the Chinese outfits that shocked the world in the January transfer window by spending big on highly-fancied players based in Europe.

Along with Sainsbury (who is by no means a big name), the club signed Brazilian stars Ramires and Alex Texeira.

Neither of them played in the match marred by the brawl.

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