LAUSANNE: FIFA fined the Hong Kong Soccer Federation on Wednesday (Oct 9) after native followers booed and whistled the Chinese language nationwide anthem at a World Cup qualifier in opposition to Iran.
The Disciplinary Fee of world soccer’s governing physique handed the federation a 15,000 Swiss francs (US$15,087) advantageous, reprimanding Hong Kong followers for “disturbance throughout nationwide anthems; use of objects to transmit a message that isn’t applicable for a sports activities occasions”.
Hong Kong fields an impartial group however as a result of it’s an administrative area of China, the Chinese language nationwide anthem is performed earlier than matches.
The territory has been engulfed by anti-Beijing demonstrations for months and China’s nationwide anthem, The March of the Volunteers, was whistled by followers on Sep 10, earlier than Hong Kong misplaced 2-Zero Iran, FIFA stated.
Hong Kong is third in Group C of the Asia zone and after taking part in in Iraq on Wednesday, their subsequent residence recreation is in opposition to Bahrain on Nov 14.