Mark Sutcliffe

Hong Kong soccer clubs wonder when Project Phoenix funds will help them

Pui Kwan-kay. Photo: Felix Wong

The government-sponsored Project Phoenix was supposed to revamp Hong Kong soccer from top to bottom. Midway into its three-year cycle, it has achieved half its goal - those at the top are doing well indeed, much to the chagrin of other stakeholders.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 4:55am

EOC, consulate back Filipino fans over race abuse at Hong Kong soccer match

Mark Sutcliffe. Photo: Felix Wong

Outraged Filipino soccer fans subjected to racial abuse from Hong Kong supporters were backed by the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Philippines consulate yesterday.

A section of supporters yelled at Philippine fans that they were "all just slaves" during an international friendly at Mong Kok Stadium on Tuesday night.

6 Jun 2013 - 7:40am 8 comments

Organisers confident of Barclays success despite rise in ticket prices

Hong Kong FA chief executive Mark Sutcliffe (front, centre). Photo: May Tse

Organisers are confident of another successful Barclays Asia Trophy this summer despite an average increase of more than 20 per cent in ticket prices for the same soccer event two years ago.

31 May 2013 - 5:03am

Who said it?

Professor Hu Angang

The crisis exposed all the defects in the political system.

6 May 2015 - 4:46pm

Hong Kong FA chief Mark Sutcliffe wants Lunar New Year Cup gate boost

Mark Sutcliffe

Fingers are crossed at the Hong Kong Football Association that fans will flock to the second and final day's play in the Lunar New Year Cup today and reach the magic number 6,000. That is the number of tickets that need to be sold to reach break-even point for the organisers.

13 Feb 2013 - 3:59am

Tseung Kwan O soccer academy gets HKFA nod

The long-awaited Tseung Kwan O academy has received a boost after plans were approved by the Hong Kong Football Association board and the government soccer task force.

1 Dec 2012 - 2:47am

Hong Kong FA mum after departure of national team coach Ernie Merrick

Kitchee's Ken Ng

Hong Kong Football Association board member Ken Ng yesterday played down the sudden departure of national team coach Ernie Merrick.

"This happens everywhere in the world for various reasons," said Ng. "The chief executive is now handling the set-up of the Hong Kong team and he should be able to find the best solution."

28 Oct 2012 - 3:04am

Who said it?

NPC Standing Committee member Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai

There is absolutely no one who means to destroy it

NPC Standing Committee member Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai dismisses concerns that the principle of "one country, two systems" is under threat


These things happen in football. I will leave it to others to speculate what it does to our reputation

27 Oct 2012 - 1:24am

Hong Kong defeat gives Sutcliffe glimpse of huge challenge

Malaysia's Azammuddin Mohd Akil beats Hong Kong's Cheung Kin-fung to the ball in last night's international friendly at Mong Kok Stadium. Photo: Felix Wong

"It's not the end of the world". That was the verdict from Mark Sutcliffe, the new chief executive of the Hong Kong Football Association, after watching the national team in action for the first time.

17 Oct 2012 - 1:28am

HKFA chief Mark Sutcliffe admits Premier League may be put on backburner again

Mark Sutcliffe

Hong Kong's proposed new Premier League may be put off for another season, new HK Football Association chief executive Mark Sutcliffe revealed as he chaired his first board meeting yesterday.

22 Sep 2012 - 2:31am

HKFA chief executive Mark Sutcliffe has his work cut out for him

Mark Sutcliffe, CEO of Hong Kong Football Association.

The high-profile resignations of two independent directors at the Hong Kong Football Association is the latest episode in our own sitcom that we will call Own Goal. When you have two public figures such as former police commissioner Tang King-shing and former director of immigration Simon Peh Yun-lu walking out on the board of directors it raises a lot of questions, mainly 'why?'

16 Sep 2012 - 3:49am

New Hong Kong soccer chief Mark Sutcliffe sets realistic goals

Mark Sutcliffe. Photo: Felix Wong

It's not often someone starts a three-year contract with 10 months of it already used up by another person. But this is the situation Mark Sutcliffe finds himself in as he steps into the hot seat at the Hong Kong Football Association in 15 days. Sutcliffe will be the second chief executive hired by the HKFA.

2 Sep 2012 - 5:16am