Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua's stadium catches fire

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

Hongkou Football Stadium – the home ground of Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua – caught fire on Tuesday.

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Debris fell from the exterior of the stadium as billowing smoke and flames were visible from the adjacent road.

The blaze was quickly contained and there were no casualties.

Local media reports in Shanghai suggest damage was restricted to the outside of the 33,000-capacity venue, with no damage to the stands or pitch.

The cause is yet to be officially confirmed but there are suggestions the fire began at the facility's indoor rock climbing centre.

Shenhua are set to play back-to-back away games against Beijing Guoan and Hebei China Fortune before a scheduled return to the Hongkou Football Stadium to host Changchun Yatai on April 16.

The club, who are coached by former Uruguay international Gus Poyet, made global headlines around the turn of the year when they signed Carlos Tevez from Boca Juniors on a contract reported to be worth £615,000 per week.

                                                        

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