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Filipinos provoked local soccer fans, says supporters' club

Abuse at international friendly 'was to be expected' in such a volatile situation

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 June, 2013, 8:26am

A Hong Kong soccer supporters' club has hit back at Filipino fans who were subjected to verbal and physical abuse by people in a home crowd during an international friendly on Tuesday.

The Power of Hong Kong - formed in 2005 and now with more than 1,000 followers on its Facebook page - said any game against the Philippines would be very sensitive since a sacked policeman hijacked a tour bus in Manila in 2010 and shot dead seven Hong Kong tourists and their guide.

"It is unavoidable that emotions will run high in a match like this with this as the background," the statement said.

The club claims Philippine players and supporters constantly provoked local fans.

"When the match was ongoing, many Philippine supporters, [wearing] the Philippine national team jersey and scarfs came towards the Hong Kong supporters section to taunt them with jeers and hand gestures, which served only to provoke the situation further," the statement read.

At the end of the match, several Philippine players also made provocative hand gestures towards the Hong Kong fans, it said.

The supporters' club laid much of the blame on the Hong Kong Football Association and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

It said they had failed to take proper security measures and not sett up a designated zone for Philippine supporters. Fans were allowed to sit wherever they wanted to.

"Supporters were not being segregated at all, and it was no wonder that skirmishes eventually did break out, especially when there were so much provocation going on," the supporters' club said.

Outraged Filipino fans said they were subjected to racial abuse. A section of Hong Kong supporters yelled insults at them, including that they were "all just slaves". They threw bottles at women and children and booed the country's national anthem before the start of the match.

The supporters' club said it did not condone jeering while the national anthem was being played, nor the throwing of missiles onto the pitch.


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Is TPOH is saying that Filipino travelling fans spent their own money for plane tix, hotel, food etc and HK-based Filipinos spent HK$100 just to provoke them? that around 200 Filipinos (mostly women and children) provoked them...in their own turf? in their own stadium with more than 4000 HKers?
Oh reasonable HKers in the previous article already apologized. Kids, you shouldn't have posted this. Who are going to believe you? But at least you didn't deny that you disrespected the national anthem and threw those bottles. I just read a survey showing HK among the top racist places on earth. You should have proven the world wrong that night.
is it possible that you will go to a territory not yours then you will provoke the owner as if it is your territory? if you do so, then you are putting yourself in danger. of course if you are a visitor you should behave and if you are the owner, act politely and accept your visitor with respect. i think some people are not as hospitable as much as Filipinos.
Yeah, that seems likely. Foreign football club comes to HK and the visitors who are known for their aggressiveness (hah) cause the problem. Got it. And blaming it on a security disaster makes it all ok? Please.
"Oh, it's not our fault, they started it". What are these people? 5 year olds?


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