Recently, the international football governing body – the International Football Federation (FIFA, the “FIFA”), the Hong Kong Football Association sent a letter to their concerns, “Chinese Hong Kong national football team some fans in two World Cup qualifiers in June home games in the national anthem booed “event. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on July 11 reported that some fans in Hong Kong in June this year in two 2018 World Cup qualifying home games in the Chinese national anthem played on the spot, “Anthem,” booed. FIFA asked the Hong Kong Football Association concerned about the incident and to ensure that similar incidents do not occur, or they will take further punitive measures. It is reported that Hong Kong could face ban the home fans in the stadium to watch this November at home against the Chinese national team in penalties.
Since 1997, the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong People’s Republic of China, “Anthem” has been all sports teams as Hong Kong’s official anthem. Hong Kong Football Association announced a week ago, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee received a letter on July 10 on its official website. The world’s highest football governing body stressed in the letter: “The audience should respect the principles of fair competition at any time.” FIFA also pointed out: “These principles not only apply to the case of the Council and its tournament team, also including their own FA and the team. ”
According to the FIFA Disciplinary Regulations Article 67 Part 1, the Football Association belongs to the home team shall be responsible for the misconduct of the home fans, whether the act was intentional or inadvertent. FIFA may be fined under the circumstances, in the case of severely disrupted the game will likely be further punishment: including the requirement for the game behind closed doors, will abstain on the tournament, and other points as well as disqualification.
Hong Kong’s “South China Morning Post” quoted the Hong Kong Football Association Chairman of the beam Conde as saying that FIFA has to be this incident very seriously, I hope the fans at the next home game not to have the same behavior, otherwise the consequences will be very serious. FIFA refers to two races are China Hong Kong team in June 11th and the 16th home victory over Bhutan and the Maldives respectively match. It is reported that in 2018 the top 40 World Cup qualifying tournament, the Chinese Hong Kong team with Qatar, Maldives, Bhutan and the Chinese team is in Group C. According to schedule, the Chinese Hong Kong team next game will be September 3 away to the Chinese national team, after the Nov. 17 home game against the Chinese national team, which against the Chinese team venue yet to be decided.