FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: FIFA fine Hong Kong Football Federation after fans boo Chinese national anthem

  • FIFA fined the Hong Kong Football Federation on Wednesday after local fans boosed and whistled the Chinese national anthem at a World Cup qualifier against Iran

  • The Disciplinary Commission of world football's governing body handed the federation a 15,000 Swiss francs (13,700 euros) fine

  • Hong Kong is third in Group C of the Asia zone and after playing in Iraq on Wednesday, their next home game is against Bahrain on 14 November

Lausanne: FIFA fined the Hong Kong Football Federation on Wednesday after local fans boosed and whistled the Chinese national anthem at a World Cup qualifier against Iran.

 FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: FIFA fine Hong Kong Football Federation after fans boo Chinese national anthem

Protesters in Hong Kong have previously held up placards during football matches. AFP

The Disciplinary Commission of world football's governing body handed the federation a 15,000 Swiss francs (13,700 euros) fine, reprimanding Hong Kong fans for "disturbance during national anthems; use of objects to transmit a message that is not appropriate for a sports events."

Hong Kong fields an independent team but because it is an administrative region of China, the Chinese national anthem is played before matches.

The territory has been engulfed by anti-Beijing demonstrations for months and China's national anthem, 'The March of the Volunteers', was whistled by fans on 10 September, before Hong Kong lost 2-0 Iran, FIFA said.

Hong Kong is third in Group C of the Asia zone and after playing in Iraq on Wednesday, their next home game is against Bahrain on 14 November.

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Updated Date: Oct 09, 2019 18:56:45 IST