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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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And no one was surprised.
I understand this is a disrespectful act by the Hong Kong fans and it should not have happened especially against the Filipino fans. However, think deeply why would this happen only to the Filipino but not the other visiting teams. I think this is because of the Manila hostage incident and the more recent Taiwan fisherman incident. The Filipino government failed to solve these issues and especially the arrogant attitude by the Filipino president Aquino. Should the people of Philippines elect such an impotent president to represent their country and try to provoke other countries' people. Instead of making friends but making enemies.
The issue here is about how Hong Kong soccer sports fans treated their Filipino visitors NOT anything else, clear and simple. Let's also understand that this behavior is not all of Hong Kong, let's make this clear. Let's also delineate this from the general mainland Chinese. It's a very disappointing and uncivilized behavior for Hong Kong fans...very unfortunate.
Discrimination against people from Myanmar? Never heard of it. I've never encountered someone from Myanmar in the Philippines. If there is indeed & you can PROVE it, I will apologize then. If you feel you are discriminated by my people, I apologize too. Mister I've been silent about injustices your kind are doing in my country but disrespecting our national anthem (never mind the slave tag cause it was their opinion though it was sad) really irked me. I'm not making this up. I can prove it. Good thing our family never gave up a land descendants of a man from China claimed. It was an ancestral land & we've been paying taxes for years. Then out of a blue, someone told us it was theirs. They had a title (later proven not legit) but no deed of sale. No one in our family sold it. Those people didn't even know where it was located.
Don't underestimate the Filipino. We may have internal problems (who don't have?) but we love this land. You should understand the lines in our national anthem. "…Sa manlulupig di ka pasisiil….Aming ligaya na pag may mang-aapi, ang mamatay ng dahil sa iyo." We, invaders after invaders, have fought for this country because we are willing to die for it.
But thank you for those who apologized. Thank you for understanding where we are coming from.
I never admire hongkong people ..sorry to say that but its true...I never feel happy to live here in Hongkong for how many years..
The last sentence seems like you are a frog croaking in the well.
Now, I understand why mainland Chinese call some Hong Kong people names. It's not worth my time, lol.
You are just a banana pretending and dreaming of being white or grey.
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!



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