THE Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) will release "by next week at the latest" the results of its investigation into complaints of racial abuse on supporters of the Philippine Azkals by home fans during a friendly on Tuesday night at Mong Kok Stadium.
“At the moment, we are undergoing an internal investigation,” Pearl Charles, HKFA public relations officer, told Spin.ph in an overseas telephone interview. “We will make a report somehow … latest by next week.”
Charles said the FA is now in the process of gathering information about reports of racial attacks and rude behavior by home supporters during the friendly which the Azkals won, 1-0, behind James Younghusband's header and a splendid job between the goal posts by Neil Etheridge.
Witnesses claimed Hong Kong fans booed while the Philippine national anthem was being played and some taunted Filipino fans, mostly women and children, with chants of “slave nation” while throwing mineral water bottles and juice cartons at Pinoy booters and supporters.
Home fans also unfurled a black banner that read: “Lest we forget, 23/8/2010 Manila,” referring to the hostage crisis in Manila in August 2010 that resulted in the deaths of several tourists from Hong Kong.
“We are looking into the case, we are studying about it. Until we finish the investigation, we cannot make any comments,” Charles said.
“We will try to complete the investigation immediately.”
Philippine Football Federation general secretary Edwin Gastanes on Wednesday refused to react on the matter, pending the official report from the head of the Philippine delegation.
“We are waiting for the official report from the delegation. We will act on the basis of the report,” the lawyer said.