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Sports FIFA fines Hong Kong soccer body for China anthem protest

19:55  09 october  2019
19:55  09 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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ZURICH — FIFA has fined Hong Kong's soccer federation 15,000 Swiss francs ($15,100) for fans disrespecting the Chinese national anthem before a World Cup qualifying game last month.

Hong Kong fans booed and turned their backs when the anthem was played for their team before a Sept. 10 qualifier at home against Iran.

The game took place amid ongoing pro-democracy protests against China's rule of Hong Kong, which was under British rule until 1997.

FIFA said Wednesday the charge against Hong Kong was "disturbance during national anthems; use of objects to transmit a message that is not appropriate for a sports event."

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The body that governs soccer has fined the Hong Kong Football Association HK ,000 (US,161) for Hong Kong FIFA ( Fédération Internationale de Football Association ) had warned the HKFA in early September, prompted by fans booing the anthem after a 2-3 loss by Hong Kong to

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Hong Kong, which lost 2-0 to Iran, has its next home game on Nov. 14 against Bahrain.

Also, FIFA fined Indonesia 45,000 Swiss francs ($45,300) for fan disorder in a home qualifier against neighbouring Malaysia.

The game was suspended for several minutes late in the second half because of clashes between fans. Malaysia won 3-2 with a goal in the seventh minute of stoppage time.

FIFA warned Malaysia a first time for its fans' lack of discipline and throwing objects, and again for lack of order in its own stadium days later when hosting a qualifier against the United Arab Emirates.

After crowd disturbances at Sierra Leone's home qualifier against Liberia last month, FIFA imposed a 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,250) fine and ordered a home game to be played in an empty stadium.

Sierra Leone was eliminated and the punishment should be served at a qualifying game for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Sudan's soccer federation was fined 30,000 Swiss francs ($30,150) for a pitch invasion by fans at a game against Chad.

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