Only 8 percent of tickets for the upcoming World Cup Qualifying match in Shenzhen will be made available for Hong Kong fans amid fears that they would boo the Chinese national anthem.

The Chinese Football Association confirmed at a press conference on Monday that of the 27,437 tickets on sale for the match between Hong Kong and China next month, only 2,195 tickets would be made available to Hong Kong fans.

Baoan Stadium in Shenzhen, where the Hong Kong and China World Cup Qualifying match will take place. Photo: Wikimedia.

During the press conference, officials announced that the most expensive ticket on offer would cost HK$2,096. Hong Kong fans will only be allowed to buy the HK$600 tickets.

However, the cheapest tickets on offer would cost just over HK$220, according to the Apple Daily.

During the press conference, vice-president of the Shenzhen Sports Administration Ke Gangming urged Hong Kong fans not to boo the national anthem at the beginning of the match.

FIFA’s letter to the HKFA warning them that they could be fined if fans boo the national anthem. Photo: HKGolden.

He said: “There are requirements for the fans, from FIFA, when playing of a national anthem during an international match and I hope fans from both sides will observe this.”

“As organisers, we will do our utmost to ensure the match is run smoothly in a safe environment.”

The news came after HKFA announced that all Hong Kong fans hoping to attend the upcoming match in September would need to provide details of their home return permits before they can buy a ticket.

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The announcement was made after FIFA sent a letter to HKFA warning them that they could be fined if fans continue to boo the Chinese national anthem as they did at two previous matches. The booing began as a response to a controversial poster put out by the Chinese Football Association describing the multiracial Hong Kong team as “multi-layered,” which many Hong Kong fans felt to be racist.

Vicky Wong

Vicky is a British-born Chinese journalist with three years of experience covering UK politics. She previously worked for PoliticsHome and has interned at Sky News and CNN International. She also co-produced and filmed a documentary about the Hong Kong protests for MSNBC, which won the grand student prize at the 2015 Human Rights Press Awards. She has a BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Reading and moved to Hong Kong in 2014 to complete a journalism masters at the University of Hong Kong.