Not for the first time, FIFA have fined the Hong Kong Football Association after fans booed the Chinese national anthem.
The HKFA confirmed that they were fined 10,000 Swiss francs for the actions of the Hong Kong fans during a game that ended as a 0-0 draw at Mong Kok Stadium on November 17.
However, on FIFA’s list of global disciplinary measures, they attributed the fine to an incident during Hong Kong’s goalless draw with China in Shenzhen in September as China were listed as the home team.
In an attempt to put the record straight, a spokesperson for the HKFA told the South China Morning Post: “According to the written document FIFA sent us, the fine and warning is about the Hong Kong vs China game played on 17 November 2015, i.e. our home game.
“We … have been communicating with FIFA today to clarify and revise [the FIFA] document.”
This is the second time that the HKFA have been forced to pay up as a result of fans booing, as they were fined 5,000 Swiss francs when spectators booed during Hong Kong’s 3-2 loss to Qatar on home soil in September.
Having been slapped with two fines, the HKFA has urged fans to stop booing during games.
A statement released by the HKFA said: “In correspondence from FIFA, the HKFA has been notified of the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee regarding incidents which occurred during the match of the Preliminary Competition of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia between Hong Kong and China played on 17 November 2015 (Article 65 ff. of the FIFA Disciplinary Code).
“The notification states clearly that; ‘The Hong Kong Football Association is liable for the improper conduct among the supporters of its team and is therefore in violation of articles 67 par. 1 and 3 of the Fifa Disciplinary Code’. The HKFA has been fined CHF 10,000 (approx. HKD 78,000) regarding the incident of the booing of the national anthem by the Hong Kong fans.
“Moreover, FIFA has warned the HKFA as its future conduct according to article 13 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code that any further infringements will lead to harsher sanctions. The HKFA would like to request Hong Kong fans to refrain from such action at all future matches so to avoid future sanctions.”