Hong Kong de­lays foot­ball fix­tures as un­rest con­tin­ues

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The Hong Kong Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion has post­poned a pair of lon­grun­ning in­ter-ter­ri­to­rial ties in the lat­est sports events dis­rupted while the city reels from anti-china protests. The de­ci­sion af­fects the two-legged Guang­donghong Kong Cup and Hong Kong-ma­cau In­ter­port fix­tures, both due to be played in Jan­uary, the as­so­ci­a­tion said on its web­site. A de­ci­sion has yet to be made on the an­nual Lu­nar New Year Cup, which is played in Hong Kong over the Chi­nese New Year. Un­rest in Hong Kong since mid-2019 over Bei­jing’s con­trol of the for­mer Bri­tish colony has al­ready forced the can­cel­la­tion or post­pone­ment of in­ter­na­tional ten­nis, squash and golf events. Foot­ball matches in Hong Kong have be­come a fo­cal point for anti-china sen­ti­ment in re­cent years. The HKFA has been fined reg­u­larly by global gov­ern­ing body FIFA due to fans boo­ing the Chi­nese na­tional an­them prior to World Cup qual­i­fiers.

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