DPP pans ‘Formosa’ banner removal

‘POLITICAL SLOGAN’:The Sports Administration should stand strong in the face of international requirements that are unreasonable, DPP Legislator Huang Kuo-shu said

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 28, 2017
By: Lu Yi-hsuan, Shelley Shan and William Hetherington / Staff reporters, with staff writer

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday criticized the Chinese Taipei

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Huang Kuo-shu, left, and Taiwanese soccer supporters’ group “Blue Wind” spokesperson Lin Yung-chen call on the Chinese Taipei Football Association to improve communication with fans at a news conference in Taipei yesterday. Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

Football Association (CTFA) for removing a banner reading “All hail Formosa” raised on Sunday by fans during a qualifying match with Turkmenistan.

DPP Legislator Huang Kuo-shu (黃國書) criticized the banner’s removal, saying the Sports Administration should do a better job of advising the CTFA, adding that fans should not be censored when they are cheering for their team.

Huang, at a joint news conference in Taipei with DPP Legislator Chang Liang Wan-chien (張廖萬堅), also said that two volleyball players were unable to participate in the Asian Youth Championship in Chongqing, China, earlier this month, because Taiwan’s Volleyball Association failed to inform the players about changes to the qualification rules that have been in place for two years.

The volleyball association was ordered to explain the incident within a week, Sports Administration international and cross-straits division director Hsu Hsiu-ling (許秀玲) said.    [FULL  STORY]

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