Football fans will be barred from bringing paper juice cartons into Mong Kok Stadium during Hong Kong’s match against China on November 17, the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) has announced.

Last week, the association was fined CHF5,000 (HK$39,678) by FIFA, football’s international governing body, after a Hong Kong fan threw a 250-millilitre carton of lemon tea onto the field during the Hong Kong’s match against Qatar on September 8.

HKFA Vice-Chairman Pui Kwan-kay urged fans to keep calm and not repeat such “foolish behaviour,” Apple Daily reported.

Photo: Hong Kong Football Association.

FIFA’s disciplinary action was also prompted by Hong Kong fans’ booing of the Chinese national anthem. September 8 marked the third time that spectators had done so, following similar scenes at home matches against Bhutan and the Maldives in June.

HKFA chairman Brian Leung Hung-tak told Now TV on Monday: “I urge the fans don’t jeer at the national anthem; we were fined after fans booed three times and do not know know what action will we be taken if fans do it again.

“We could receive different kinds of punishment: either fines, closed door matches or even point deduction. If points were deduced, even if we won, it will still be a loss to our team and our fans.”

Tickets in short supply

Pui also said that the HKFA will discuss this week the sale arrangements for tickets to the Hong Kong versus China match.

Mong Kok stadium has a capacity of 6,000. As at least eight per cent of tickets must be sold to fans from the visiting side, at least 480 of these be will reserved for mainland supporters.

With 1,200 fans holding set tickets for all World Cup qualifiers, that leaves only around 4,000 tickets available to the Hong Kong public.

These could be priced at HK$150, HK$20 more than previous world cup qualifier matches.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.