London pair set for HK marathon

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 February, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 06 February, 1995, 12:00am

NORTH London giants Arsenal and Tottenham are set to appear in a soccer extravaganza at the Hong Kong Stadium on May 20.

The double header will feature Arsenal, 11th in the English Premiership, against Guangzhou, runners-up in the inaugural Chinese National League, and Spurs - if they fail to reach the FA Cup final on May 20, against a team made up of Eastern and Kitchee players.

The games will be followed by a live broadcast of the FA Cup final from Wembley Stadium on the giant screen.

Organisers of the event - which will last for over eight hours - emphasised the plan will only go ahead if Spurs fail to reach the FA Cup final. If they do, they will play at the Stadium eight days later.

Organisers have technical difficulties in broadcasting the Cup final.

The Stadium's noise limit of 65 decibels means they cannot broadcast the match commentary and they are planning to invite local radio stations to cover the match in England with Chinese commentary so that spectators will be able to listen through their personal stereos while watching the action.

And the organisers say they have met the management of the Stadium - Wembley International - in a bid to get exemption from the Urban Council, who advise the Stadium should close at 11 pm because of the noise restrictions.