The Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) has been fined 40,000 HKD after fans booed the Chinese national anthem during some recent World Cup qualifying matches. The HKFA has been warned that further incidents will incur more severe punishments in the future.
Hong Kong fans first booed “March of the Volunteers” before a match between Hong Kong and Bhutan; and later did it again before a match against Qatar. HKFA has blamed the incidents on “a small minority of fans” who also chucked a carton of lemon tea onto the field during the Qatar match.
Meanwhile, mainland netizens have taken to Weibo to attack all Hongkongers for their lack of patriotism.
One Weibo user helpfully suggested genocide by saying “they deserve to die, that would be light punishment.”
Whilst other users such as 宗-璇 merely repeated the age old Mainland comparison between Hongkongers and dogs.
Hong Kong football fans will have to behave for now if they want a chance to boo the national anthem again at the upcoming football match between Hong Kong and China on November 17th.
The two teams’ last match ended in a thrilling scoreless tie with the Chinese team’s captain allegedly spitting in the face of the Hong Kong goalie and later calling him a “fucking dog.”
If you missed seeing HK fans booing the Chinese national anthem, you can watch it below:
by Hasanali Pirbhai
[Images via Passion Times // Apple Daily]