'Plan B' for Blues game
An extra day has been reserved in case Sunday's Xtep Cup between English Premier League side Birmingham City and a Hong Kong League XI is hit by severe tropical storm Conson. 'We have booked the Hong Kong Stadium for Monday in case the match cannot be played because of the typhoon,' Hong Kong Football Association general secretary Vincent Yuen Man-chuen said.
'Birmingham City said they would work with us in order to see that the match goes ahead.'
Yesterday's weather report showed that Conson had moved towards western Guangdong and was due to hit near Zhanjiang on Saturday after crossing the South China Sea. Birmingham City are due to leave Hong Kong on Monday for Beijing where they will play reigning China Super League champions Guo'an on Wednesday. They can still meet that commitment if the match here is delayed until Monday.
More than 5,000 tickets have been sold for Sunday's game.
'We hope to see a crowd of 15,000 on Sunday,' FA chairman Brian Leung Hung-tak said. 'The attendance is important because it will generate a good atmosphere. Also, we don't want the match going into the red.'
Leung said the cost would be less than HK$1 million as the organisers did not have to pay appearance fees to Birmingham City, who are owned by Hong Kong businessman Carson Yeung Ka-sing. Ticket prices range from HK$80 to HK$300.