An impromptu visit by Governor Chris Patten to his daughters sitting in the stands of the Hong Kong Stadium became a damp squib when an irate fan threw beer at him. Mr Patten had dropped by to see the three young women in the east stand next to the players' entrance. His presence attracted a crowd of autograph hunters and photographers. High above, a middle-aged expat began shouting at the throng to sit down. Eventually, he showered the gathering with a cup of beer. Mr Patten, who according to witnesses was lightly splashed, beat a hasty retreat to the safety of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union private box. According to government spokesman Lance Brown, the person had not realised who was obstructing his view, and immediately apologised when informed. The expat, who would not give his name when asked to explain his action, said: 'Who is Chris Patten? I am just here to watch the rugby.' But those sitting in front of him said he had shouted 'this is a rugby game, not a political meeting' before throwing the beer.