International Friendly

Those who ignore racism are bad sports

AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli gestures to Roma supporters after being subjected to racist chants on May 12. Photo: EPA

Picture this. As the visiting team's national anthem is played, a small but vocal minority of the home crowd expresses its discriminatory sentiments with whistling and hostile chanting. During the match, the home fans continually jeer the opposition players, visiting supporters and officials. It gets worse when the home team are defeated and the fans intensify their racial abuse by pelting opposition players and supporters with whatever objects they have at hand.

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Friday, 14 June, 2013, 4:02pm 1 comment

Filipinos provoked local soccer fans, says supporters' club

Facebook page of The Power of Hong Kong

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.

9 Jun 2013 - 8:26am 5 comments

No joy for Kim as Hong Kong edged by Filipinos

HK coach Kim Pan-gon got off to a losing start. Photo: May Tse

Kim Pan-gon got off to a losing start in his second reign as Hong Kong permanent head coach as his charges were defeated 1-0 by the Philippines in an international friendly at Mong Kok Stadium.

5 Jun 2013 - 2:58am 2 comments

Rio's revamped Maracana overcomes setback to host England friendly

Wayne Rooney (right) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Photo: EPA

After an embarrassing brush with cancellation, the iconic Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro will host its first official match since an extensive renovation when Brazil tackle England today in a glamorous friendly.

2 Jun 2013 - 4:58am

Hodgson fends off criticism after draw with Ireland

England goalkeeper Joe Hart is beaten by a shot from Ireland's Shane Long in their 1-1 international draw at Wembley Stadium. Photo: EPA

England manager Roy Hodgson defended his tactics after seeing his side held to a 1-1 draw by the Republic of Ireland in an end-of-season friendly fixture at Wembley Stadium.

31 May 2013 - 5:33am