MANILA, Philippines – FIFA has formally sanctioned the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) Ltd. for the alleged racist abuse committed by its fans in a friendly game against the Philippine Azkals last June 4, 2013 at the Mong Kok Stadium.
The FIFA Media Department on Tuesday confirmed the sanctions made by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, according to the official Azkals website.
“FIFA has fined HKFA Ltd. CHF 30,000 and issued a warning to its future conduct for breaching articles 58. 65 b and & e and 67 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code following the incidents related to discrimination and crowd disturbance among its own group of spectators during the friendly,” the FIFA Media Department said.
In a statement on the Azkals website, the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) said they welcome the decision.
“The decision shows that FIFA vigorously implements the non-discrimination provisions of the FIFA Statutes wherever the conduct is displayed and whoever the guilty party is,” the PFF said.
“It is also stresses the responsibility of the host member association of the spectator’s conduct in any friendly match within its territory,” the PFF added.
The Azkals defeated Hong Kong, 1-0, in their friendly last June, but were allegedly targeted by local fans with trash at the end of the match. The Hong Kong fans also allegedly shouted obscenities at the Filipino players.