Singer Michael Jackson's attempts to play in Hong Kong failed for the third time in as many years yesterday. The Urban Council Stadium Board of Governors declined an application by Midas Promotions to stage his debut concert at Hong Kong Stadium in November. Councillors decided not to entertain the application saying they could not meet the concert company's deadline of yesterday to respond. Jackson had wanted to perform in the territory twice previously, one proposal being to stage the show at Sha Tin racecourse. Noise restrictions have closed the stadium to all concerts unless a waiver is endorsed by the board and council, and granted by the Executive Council. Midas director Michael Hosking said Jackson's show was a special case for the waiver, due to his popularity and gifts to charities in the cities he plays. He offered councillors three 'windows' in November where Jackson was free to play the territory. Board member Fred Li Wah-ming said there was insufficient time for the council to discuss approval of the show. 'Michael Jackson needs confirmation several months before so even if we approved it and applied for a waiver it would take time as we would have to bring it before the whole council before approaching Exco,' Mr Li said. 'And I don't think Exco could make a decision in less than one month.' Mr Hosking said Jackson's fans in the territory had been 'hard-done-by'. 'We brought this application to them three months ago, but if the council still needs more time then I guess I'll talk to Michael and see if he can delay his world tour just to accommodate Hong Kong,' said Mr Hosking.