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Football hooliganism in Hong Kong? Filipino fans claim racial abuse

Football match at Mong Kok Stadium turns not-so-friendly

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 June, 2013, 11:28am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 June, 2013, 4:43pm

Hong Kong football fans were accused of racial abuse, including yelling “you’re all just slaves”, as an international friendly turned not-so-friendly at Mong Kok Stadium on Tuesday night.

Social media sites were alive on Wednesday morning with Philippines fans accusing a section of the Hong Kong supporters of “calling us a slave nation”, throwing bottles at mostly women and children and booing the Philippine national anthem.

One Filipino called it a “traumatic experience”, while another said she was reduced to tears.

One expatriate fan said he was disgusted by the Hong Kong supporters, who were further incensed as Hong Kong went on to lose the game 1-0.

“At the end of the game there were ugly scenes when the Philippines side tried to celebrate with their fans and were subjected to such abuse - verbal, gestures and physical - as they were pelted with bottles and other objects,” the Englishman told the South China Morning Post on Wednesday morning.

“Then I was even more disgusted to hear some local guys shouting to the group of Philippine men, women and children, who were happily celebrating, that they were 'all just slaves'...and making obscene gestures to them.”

He said they also booed loudly throughout the playing of the national anthem and it was not reciprocated by the many Filipinos during the Chinese anthem, as they stood with reasonable respect.

The expat said he would normally cheer his “home” team Hong Kong, but after “the pathetic and boorish behaviour of the locals during the anthem, and then jeering every time the Filipinos started to cheer their team, I very quickly switched to supporting the underdogs”.

Another fan said security staff tried their best to bring order.

One fan suggested there was still a lot of ill-feeling between Hong Kong and the Philippines after eight Hongkongers died in the Manila hostage crisis in 2010 when sacked policeman Rolando Mendoza hijacked a tour bus and opened fire.

The incident also comes amid debate about racism in Hong Kong after a map created by The Washington Post based on data from the World Values Survey last month revealed that 26.8 per cent of Hongkongers did not want a neighbour of a different race.

Misinterpreted data in an earlier version of the map put the figure at 71.8 per cent, which suggested that Hong Kong was one of the least racially tolerant cities in the world. 

While the revised results were less startling, they were still high by comparison with much of the world, alongside Malaysia, the Philippines and France. 

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FIFA should sanction the Hong Kong F.A. for tolerating this cowardly, racist behaviour, as it has sanctioned F.A.s in other countries. And what were the HK Police doing when bottles were being thrown by these cowards? Perhaps they were enjoying the spectacle?
It's just a game!
We need to buy Filipino now and before touring outside, we need to consider touring the rest of our 7,107 islands first before going to places where others clearly hate us. Choose Philippines! This is the time Filipinos. Enough is enough. We are more than 90 million strong plus those in the diaspora. Para sa Inang Bayan!
Mabuhay filipinos!!we are respectful people,religious,educated compared to hongkong people..were talking about football game ..not hostage massacre ...to all hongkongers just accept that filipino football team are the best..we need sportsmanship @ respect !!!
That is bad for Hong Kong, our industry relies on tourism, how can we be a world city with behavior like that. I guess the fact that HK lost is a just reward. Pathetic!
Dear Filipinos, you might want to read the posts of people from Singapore (check out the link above). Please let us now unite against these people. I don't want to think that this is an ethnic thing but now I'm starting to doubt. They hate us, not all maybe but lots of them do. We should now, if possible, avoid going to these places as tourists (there are other places where we can tour), avoid going to these places to work (hope more jobs in PH will be available soon, calling government and private sectors!) or even buying their products. This is the time to be united. Our society may not be better than them but we shouldn't let them do this to us. Mabuhay ang Pilipino! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas, lahing Maharlika!
Don’t mind these disrespectful ‘people’ they will be wipe down with SARS again because their DNA are vulnerable with this virus :).
Remember that the Jews were also slaves but the God of Abraham brought them back to their homeland (as it was called the land of milk and honey). Then later were abused and humiliated again in WW2. Take note, now, they are the most influential and richest people on the planet earth. As Empires rise and fall, time will come that it will be the same with the Filipinos.
Thank you though I do not wish any harm for them but I just hope they will treat us properly. What happened to the Jews in WW2 was completely horrible and sad. Something like that should not happen again even to other ethnicities. I pray for Israel and its people like I pray for the Philippines, the Filipinos and other nations. May peace and harmony reign on earth.
racist chants is not unique to hongkong. anyone following English Premier League, Serie A and La Liga know very well that racial chanting against black players, including tossing bananas on the pitch is common.
Disrespecting a national anthem was uncalled for.
And FIFA has zero tolerance now for racism. It doesn't mean that others are doing it, it's right. We are trying to address the issue of racism in the world's beautiful game.




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