Matches called off in Hong Kong

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The words Hong Kong and politics go hand in hand right now and that is the same when talking about football in the country. This is seen with protests in and around football grounds throughout the country in the last few months. 

Events called off 

The security risks to the unrest in Hong Kong came to a head with the football community when last weekend the match between Tai Po and Kitchee was called off. Looking over social media this was an overreaction but still shows the tension the political unrest is causing.

Reports from the South China Post also explained that other sporting events were called off such as two games including the Junior Community Cup between HKFC under-13 League champions, and Kitchee under-13. Along with a  friendly match featuring local football legends such as Leslie Santos and Lee Kin-wo.

On Wednesday, the Jockey Club called off its evening race meeting at Happy Valley after protesters called for action against pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho whose horse was scheduled to race in the meeting.

As the protests in Hong Kong to defend their democracy carries on it will be hoped things do calm down soon and a solution is found.

Although it is suggested the calling off of sporting events is a step too far as fans who arrived at Mong Kok Stadium for the Tai Po v Kitchee match was said to say “there was nothing wrong with the area” and they also went on to add all other matches at the ground have been “completed without any major trouble”.

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