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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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oxymoron14
As much as you want to hide from the truth, being competitive and earning international titles require and living out the theory of "survival of the fittest".
beampause
AANHIN MO ANG TALINO MO KUNG WALA KA NAMAN UGALI?? ill take the later anytime anyday
ricardo.teehankee
What are you even blabbering about?
yty07
Some Hong Kong people nowadays are very radical. The quality of the city is deteriorating.
artdig18
I hope HKFA investigate the reports in this match. It was a disgracefully night and does not encourage or promote football in the correct way. There were many HKFA inadequacies including:
1/ the quality of match referee when clearly a Filipino player was hit in the face by a HK player and not sent off. 2 legged slide tackle from a HK player did not even receive a caution.
2/ Official stadium advertisement material in English that says it was a Fight International.
3/ Should have segregated sections for away fans.
4/ HKFA needs to lead and educate the correct behavior in these events.
PS I am HK born (with Chinese heritage)
tungsuen
Shame. Sorry to those ppls affected or insulted.
markhk
And no one was surprised.
sumkh88
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.
drmarksun
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.
richardson.sim
Sportmanship at it's best! KUDOS to the Philippine team and fans! SPORTS does not equal politics.

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