Date
24 March 2017
Shenzhen officials have reserved 8% of the stadium seats for HK fans for the upcoming World Cup qualifier match between Hong Kong and China. Photo: Facebook
Shenzhen officials have reserved 8% of the stadium seats for HK fans for the upcoming World Cup qualifier match between Hong Kong and China. Photo: Facebook

HK fans allocated 2,195 seats for World Cup qualifier vs China

Hong Kong football fans have been allocated 2,195 tickets for the World Cup Asia Division qualifier game between Hong Kong and China on September 3, with the tickets priced at 480 yuan (HK$600) each.

The much-anticipated showdown between the two football teams will take place at a stadium in Shenzhen, which will house a total of 27,437 spectators for the game, Apple Daily reported.

It means that Hong Kong fans have been assigned eight percent of the overall seats for the game.

According to Chinese Football Association (CFA) official Qi Jun, each of the 2,195 tickets being allocated for Hong Kong supporters would be sold at a flat rate of 480 yuan.

Those who are eager to get their hands on one of the tickets must use yuan-denominated credit cards or UnionPay credit cards. Seniors aged 60 or above could order tickets via the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA).

The report cited the official ticketing agent as saying that the arrangements were put in place in order to prevent ticket scalping. Match-goers must present their identity documents for verification purposes.

The match is expected to be a high-octane event after the CFA launched a series of controversial promotional posters last time insinuating that the Hong Kong representative team was made up of people from different races and of different skin colors. The move triggered a major uproar among the Hong Kong football community and fans.

During the last two qualifier games between Hong Kong and Bhutan and Maldives, some Hong Kong fans booed as China’s national anthem was sung.

Ke Gangming, a top official with the Shenzhen Sports Administration, said smooth conduct of the game is a top priority. Thus, any objects deemed dangerous, and provocative banners, will not be allowed into the stadium.

Ke said he does not believe that people will boo during the national anthem this time around as star singers will be deployed to lead the singing.

Some mainland netizens, meanwhile, said they would sing out the national anthem loud and clear to “teach” Hong Kong people the proper way.

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