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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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abrtn00101
Without trying to be racist, this is what bothers me: 上行下效--the Chinese idiom that roughly equates to "people in lower class follow what their leaders in the upper class do." Again, I'm not trying to be racist, but I may point fingers and those of you who are Chinese might understand where those fingers are pointed.
Analysis has shown that HK's current racist views were brought on heavily by British colonial rule, but the Chinese government itself doesn't seem to mind the attitude of racism, so if 上行下效 is true, what's there to stop them now?
Individual Filipinos have long proven that they are above 上行下效. For centuries, the Filipinos have decried the inconsistencies in our governments, and for centuries, we have each, as citizen Filipinos, worked to change that. Though we may not be as well educated or as affluent as the Chinese, individual Filipinos understand that, while our government may be steeped in its share of corruption, that doesn't serve as an umbrella term to describe each and everyone of us.
And so, instead of reflecting our government in our words and actions, Filipinos are willing to work hard--even to the point of leaving our country in order to uplift its image among outsiders with our efforts. Ask any Filipino and they will tell you that we are with the HKers when it comes to what happened in 2010--we hate our government for that.
We hate 上行下效. So why can't individual Chinese hate 上行下效 too? Why can't we work together to bring peace for all?
Yuna
There was no provocation whatsoever. Those racist HK fans had even a black banner about the incident in 2010. Okay a Filipino did something terrible last 2010. It was a blunder. We were sorry and embarrassed. If I had control of the situation back then, I would have taken an action that would make the outcome different. Past is past though. You can't blame all of us of what happened before. Do we need to be reminded every time and do you really need to do that in a friendly football match? Do you really need to tell us that we are nation of slaves when only a few percent of our population are domestic workers (what's wrong of being one by the way)?You can rally at the Philippine embassy or consulate all you want but don't do that when people are just there to root for their national team.
willie.chan
I'm a Chinese/Filipino (Dad chinese Mom Filipina) I was born and raised here in Hong Kong fluent both Cantonese and Tagalog.Culturally I'm more Hong Kong-nese than Filipino but I'm always encouraged to learn from both. Regardless of what happened two-three years ago,it's not an excuse to use it in this context. It's just a game.I was there that night, and I was ashamed to be a HongKonger.
I was there to root for both my country. Hong Kong and Philippines.
But what really got me was when a Filipino player was on the sidelines,this kid,can't be more than 15-16, was flipping him the finger, while shouting "F**k you Philippines"
Racism exist here in HK and that's a fact.
Yuna
baron.vondoughi, they were not provoked, they already disrespect the Filipinos even before the games started. They had a black banner as well reminding people about what happened in 2010. It was a friendly football game for goodness sake!
steven.ocampo.37
People of the World and all Filipinos around the globe. Do not plan or stop over in Hongkong or else you will experience the same scenario from their siopao minded chekwa. Our employee in our company are diverting to other airlines when going back to Philippines for vacation. We will never patronage the Cathay Pacific anymore because of your rudeness and besides they were experienced bullying and unethical behavior from the airport authorities when they stop over there.
SY
why ariticle didn't even mention filipin football player's proovation, those who have speech that sport team is innocent please see how normal filipino doing after the Manila hostage massacre:
****badcanto.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/taiwan-philippines-conflict-reopens-hong-kongs-old-wounds-of-manila-hostage/
filipino govt still owe hker an apologie, and what is the logic of Medoza & filipin police are not representing all filipinos, but racist is entitled to all Hkers?
hkf_peace
With all due respect SY, it's precisely the way you overgeneralise Filipinos (e.g. digging all those sad news) reopens the wound of Hong Kong people. First of all, this thread is about the football match, not the hostage massacre. There are other ways to express your disappointment. It's quite clear at the beginning of this news article that it's about the racist attitude of "Hong Kong football fans". I myself disagree with people who generalise all Hong Kong people as racist - not all of them are. One thing that many Filipinos at the match couldn't understand was that why those Hong Kong football fans had to insult the Filipinos fans to the point where they boo-ed the singing of Filipino national anthem, not to mention the bird-flipping that some Hong Kong fans did.
The game itself has nothing to do with the massacre. Losing a game isn't a valid excuse to insult one's country. 願賭服輸, that's sportsmanship. And it's a fact that Mendoza and Philippine police don't represent the entire Filipino race. If one follows your logic, I guess everyone who employs Filipino domestic helpers should start worrying about their families about being massacred.
baron.vondoughiestahl
It is simply **** to say that the Hong Kong fans were supposedly "provoked". Some people are clearly just trying to share the blame for the stupid actions of those stupid Hong Kong fans in the stands that night ...
Yuna
artdig88: "I was at the stadium as well where there were a mixture of both supporters and when the captain of the Filipino team approached near the side to greet their fans a plastic cup full of water was thrown at the captain. In addition a HK supporter stood on railing and gave the "bird" with both hands and thumping his chest ... there was no reaction from the player even under such provocations ..." A class Filipino act indeed. After all, it was the beautiful game. Meanwhile, that HK-er was like a gorilla....and these PH haters online like to call PH a banana republic. Now who needs bananas? Sorry again for those who are good and classy HK-ers.
Yuna
Not all Chinese are bad, fact. But disrespecting a nation's national anthem during a football match and calling people "slaves" are characteristics of people who are racists. Why on earth are you angry with the whole Filipino nation when the crime in 2010 wasn't the act of all Filipinos? You look down on Filipinos just because you encounter only some Filipinos who you think have lower socio-economic status than yours. Actually you should be thankful that there are still Filipinos who like to serve you in spite of your rudeness. News flash! Not all Filipinos are maids but you need to go out of your palaces in HK to know that. No matter what you say, HK people now are branded racists. Sorry for those who are not.

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