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Hong Kong to discuss law to imprison national anthem protesters

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Hong Kong authorities on Friday unveiled planned legislation punishing anyone who insults China's national anthem with up to three years in prison, after football fans have repeatedly booed it at matches.

The legislation also calls for anyone who is present when "March of The Volunteers" is played to "stand and deport themselves respectfully," and that it be required to be taught to students.

The anthem has become a political flashpoint in Hong Kong, a semiautonomous Chinese city where jeers...

Diego Forlan: Kitchee must battle after Asian Champions League thrashings

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Diego Forlan in action during the defeat to Tianjin Quanjian.

Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan has told ESPN FC that his Kitchee teammates must change their mentality in the Asian Champions League.

Forlan was signed on a four-month contract for the group stages of the ACL, but was frustrated as two-time champions Jeonbuk Motors thrashed Kitchee 6-0 on Tuesday.

That result came a week after an opening day 3-0 defeat to China's Tianjin Quanjian.

"I was playing in the Premier League and I was playing in Spain and in Italy, and when we play in the...

Ex-Manchester United striker Diego Forlan joins Hong Kong club Kitchee

In attack, Diego Forlan will be the main attacking threat for Mumbai, who have not conceded a goal in four games.
Diego Forlan in action for Mumbai City.

Hong Kong Premier League side Kitchee have announced the signing of former Manchester United and Uruguay striker Diego Forlan.

Forlan, who won the Golden Ball Award for the best player at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, arrives as Kitchee prepare for the group phase of the AFC Champions League next month.

Kitchee revealed his signing on their Facebook page on Thursday. He is due to arrive in Hong Kong on Jan. 10 and will be unveiled at a news conference the following day.

Forlan, 38, played...

Hong Kong fans renew anthem protest despite AFC punishment warning

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Hong Kong fans again jeered the anthem against Lebanon.

Hong Kong fans again defied the threat of punishment from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Tuesday when they jeered the Chinese national anthem ahead of the Asian Cup qualifying defeat to Lebanon.

Last month, the AFC warned that the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) risked punishment if fans continued to boo "The March of the Volunteers" after it was jeered ahead of the meeting with Malaysia.

Before the match against Lebanon, some fans turned their back on flag as the anthem was played.


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Philippines draw with Nepal, blow chance to make Asian Cup

Coach Thomas Dooley will now have to wait until March to see if Philippines can qualify.

Philippines blew a great chance to seal their place at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup as they laboured to a 0-0 draw in Nepal.

The Azkals will now have to avoid defeat at home to Tajikistan in next March's final Group F fixture after Tajikistan and Yemen also played out a goalless draw. Thomas Dooley's side remain two points clear at the top of the group and favourites to progress to their first-ever Asian Cup finals.

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However, a draw at a country 60 places below them in the FIFA rankings is a major...