Red-carders walk free

FOUR red-carded players escaped suspension at the Hong Kong Football Association's disciplinary committee meeting last night.

Instant-Dict's Scottish defender Roddy Manley, Eastern's central defender Lee Sai-cheong, midfielder David Clarkson from South China and Tang Chi-ming of Golden were freed.

However, Yau Wo-kan of Golden, Chan Chi-hong from Kui Tan, Kitchee's Cheng Tai-Shing and Tim O'Shea and Wong Kwok-on from Eastern were all outed for one game.

Both Manley and Lee were sent off by referee Chan Yum-ming for serious foul play in the opening game of the First Division season on September 10.

Manley's red card was demoted to yellow card and he was given four penalty points, while Lee was freed without penalty.

Caroliner Clarkson was also handed four penalty points instead of suspension. He and Golden's Tang were sent off in South China's clash with Golden on September 18.

Tang's sending-off was cleared.

In other news, J.League side Iwata Jubilo arrived in the territory yesterday with Italian star Salvatore 'Toto' Schillaci - top scorer at the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

Jubilo will meet South China in a friendly game tomorrow at the Hong Kong Sports Institute.