Financial Secretary John Tsang has compared Hong Kong to Leicester City Football Club, who are top of the English Premier League.

Tsang, who is known to be a sports fan, was asked at a forum on Monday which football team would he use to describe Hong Kong.

“I hope it’s Leicester [City],” Tsang said. Though he did not give a reason.

John Tsang
John Tsang. Photo: Gov HK.

Asked by the host to explain his choice to the audience who may not know football very well, he replied: “You can do some research.”

Dream come true

Leicester City is currently leading the Premier League with 66 points under new coach Claudio Ranieri, five points ahead of second placed Tottenham Hotspur, with hopes of winning the club’s first ever top flight title. There are seven more matches this season.

The club, also known as the Foxes, was only six points above the relegation zone last season. It sacked former coach Nigel Pearson after the season, in a move reportedly linked to his son James’ sex tape scandal which unfolded during a post-season trip to Thailand.

John Tsang posed with a Hong Kong team jersey in Mong Kok Stadium.
John Tsang posed with a Hong Kong team jersey in Mong Kok Stadium. Photo: John Tsang/Facebook

Sports fan

Tsang previously won appreciation from netizens as he attended a World Cup qualifier match last September supporting the Hong Kong national team.

He was also applauded by football fans as he watched another national team match in Romania through a tablet, while Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said he was unable to do so as he was attending a conference in the Philippines.

Tsang was also a fencing coach and has been seen playing baseball.

Kris Cheng

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.