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Hong Kong fans turn back on Chinese anthem

Hong Kong fans turn their back and boo while holding up placards during the Chinese anthem
Hong Kong fans turn their back and boo while holding up placards during the Chinese anthem.

Thousands of Hong Kong football fans booed loudly and turned their backs when the Chinese national anthem was played before their World Cup qualifier against Iran on Tuesday, taking the city's months of protests into the sports realm.

The crowd broke out into "Glory to Hong Kong," a song reflecting their campaign for more democratic freedoms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

After the match started, fans chanted "Fight for freedom" and "Revolution of our Times." One person carried a blue...

Drama at death as Chennaiyin miss out on AFC knockouts

Chennaiyin FC went into Wednesday's AFC Cup fixture away to Nepal's Manang Marshyangdi in Lalitpur knowing that their fate wasn't in their hands. With eight points, they trailed Bangladesh club Dhaka Abahani by two points. With Abahani playing against Minerva in Guwahati at the same time, Chennaiyin needed a win to top the group and hope for a draw or a Minerva win in the other game to progress to the inter-zonal semi-finals. Not since 2012, when East Bengal and Salgaocar finished bottom of their...

Melbourne Victory put ACL sponsorship deal on ice amid gambling concerns

Melbourne Victory vs. Daegu
Melbourne Victory played Daegu in their away shirt after shelving their ACL sponsorship deal.

Melbourne Victory put their Asian Champions League shirt sponsorship deal on ice on the day they announced it amid concerns over the sponsor's potential links to the gambling industry.

Victory signed a deal with Hong Kong-based media agency Kaishi Entertainment, announcing the arrangement ahead of their first ACL match against Daegu FC on Tuesday.

But within minutes of kick-off, the A-League champions announced that the deal was shelved after they, along with several fans, noticed Twitter images...