Leung says Progoal must pay the price

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 May, 2009, 12:00am

Hong Kong Football Association chairman Brian Leung Hung-tak has defended the decision to fine First Division club Tuen Mun Progoal a record HK$100,000.

The FA's disciplinary committee also found two officials and a player guilty of improper behaviour for defying FA orders by unfurling a banner after their 2-1 win over Mutual on April 10. In addition to the fine, the officials were banned for 10 games and goalkeeper Zhou Zhanhong was handed a six-match ban.

'It must be a tough decision as a First Division club has never faced such a heavy punishment,' said Leung (pictured). 'But we must respect the decision of the committee as it is made up of individual members who have no interest in any club. Many of them are retired government officials from various law enforcement departments and are experienced in handling disciplinary matters.'

Progoal's banner was in response to allegations they threw a match against Happy Valley on March 31.

The club has until noon today to lodge an appeal.