Carlos Tevez and his team-mates may have to play their next home match elsewhere after a fire at Hongkou Football Stadium.

Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua – who made headlines by signing Carlos Tevez on a £615,000-a-week contract in December – have seen part of their stadium gutted by fire. Tevez, is currently the world’s highest paid footballer after joining Shenhua on a record-breaking deal from Boca Juniors in January.

The authorities reported that the blaze began at around 8.30am local time, burning through one end of Hongkou Stadium and stopping morning traffic nearby.

Hongkou Stadium

No one is believed to have been hurt during the dramatic incident, with the fire brigade saying the flames were contained shortly after they arrived.

Local authorities are investigating the cause of the fire and have yet to give a clear indication of the cause.

However, the police have revealed that they suspect the blaze may have started in the stadium’s indoor rock climbing facilities.


Hongkou Stadium was China’s first professional football stadium when it was opened in March 1999.

Source: Daily Star, Daily Mail

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