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WATCH: mass brawl breaks out between Chinese basketball players and fans outside team hotel

Tensions come to a head as Liaoning Leopards players return to their team hotel in Chengdu following a 109-104 defeat to Sichuan Blue Whales on Wednesday night

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 March, 2016, 11:17am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 March, 2016, 12:08pm

Tensions are high as the Chinese Basketball Association Finals head towards their climax, but those tensions spilled over spectacularly on Wednesday night when a mass brawl broke out between players and fans after game 3 of the ongoing series between Sichuan Blue Whales and the Liaoning Leopards.

There was no security staff to maintain order when our players got off the bus
Yan Xiaoming, Liaoning Leopards manager

Liaoning players were pictured returning to their team hotel after a narrow 109-104 to Sichuan when they were confronted by opposition fans.

Things got violent when fans began to heckle the players as they made their way into the hotel. Reports claim family members of the players retaliated to the heckles before the situation quickly escalated.

Hotel security appear to stand by as multiple assaults go on around them.

"There was no security staff to maintain order when our players got off the bus," Liaoning manager Yan Xiaoming said.

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"After the conflict started, some Sichuan fans attacked the fathers of two of our players, Guo Ailun and He Tianju. The players hit back when they saw their fathers being assaulted."

Players, still dressed in their team tracksuits initially appear to attempt to stop the melee before becoming involved themselves.

Sichuan's victory was their second in the stormy series after losing the opener. The fourth installment is set to be played today.

The episode was filmed and uploaded to Youtube where it has been viewed more than 20,000 times.