The Unfriendly Friendly: Beijing Guoan & Pohang Steelers battle each other in pre-season

Incredible scenes from Asia this week, as a low-key pre-season friendly between Chinese Super League outfit Beijing Guoan (playing in white) and K-League side Pohang Steelers (red) descended into mass violence after the two sides dramatically turned on each other.

With both the Chinese and Korean leagues still a few weeks away from beginning their new seasons, two of the regions biggest teams faced-off against each other in Japan as they arranged to play a competitive friendly. But, after Beijing Guoan reportedly turned up to the match a disrespectful hour late, and then after a series of brutal challenges once the game kicked off, the sides soon abandoned thoughts of playing football as they instead opted to take lumps out of each other.

The spark that turned the tough tackles into a full-on brawl arrived in the second half, when Beijing duo Ryan Griffiths and Yan Xiangchuang double-teamed Pohang’s Brazilian forward Mota and began to smack the Korean’s number 10 around the head. It didn’t take long for the two sides to then square up to another, and both sets players and the opposing staff too quickly turned on one-another as pockets of violence sprang up in every corner on the pitch.

Footage of the battle between Beijing Guoan and Pohang Steelers can be seen here.