Brian Leung: The Full Name of HKFA is Hong Kong Football Association, NOT Hong Kong, China

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(Translated by Chapman Chen)

Hong Kong and China will meet in the World Cup qualifying match in September. Regarding a Chinese Football Association poster that warned fans not to underestimate the “multi-layered” team of Hong Kong with its “black-skinned, yellow-skinned and white-skinned players” , Brian Leung, Chairperson of the Hong Kong Football Association, asserted in a radio programme on 10 June that Hong Kong Football Association and Chinese Football Association were in good relations with each other, that he did not think that the poster was racially prejudicial or provocative.

Invoking the Boxing King Mohammed Ali, Leung thought that calling each other names before a match could create an air of engaging excitement, which was no big deal.

When asked about whether the Chinese Football Association’s describing the coming match as “China vs Hong Kong, China” would cause Hong Kong-China contradictions, Leung did not reply directly. He simply reasserted that the full name of HKFA was Hong Kong Football Association, and “Hong Kong, China” was thus not a proper description.


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