HK fined by Fifa for fans booing Chinese anthem

BBC News
Oct 6, 2015

The Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) has been fined $40,000 Hong Kong dollars Clipboard01($5,160; £3,400) by Fifa after its fans booed the Chinese national anthem during a match last month.

An object was also thrown onto the pitch during the World Cup qualifier against Qatar.

Fifa, football’s governing body, previously warned the HKFA over booing.

The anthem has been shared by Hong Kong and mainland China since the former returned to Beijing’s control in 1997.

But anti-Beijing feeling has increased in Hong Kong in the wake of large protests last year against central government plans to impose candidate lists for elections in the territory.

Mr Brian Leung, the Chairman of HKFA, said: “We will promote the message of ‘not booing’ on all our media channels and will not punish the fans who threw the object onto the pitch as we don’t know who did it.”     [FULL  STORY]