Guangzhou face probe after sign maligns British

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 27, 2017
By: Reuters, HONG KONG

Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande face an investigation after the club’s fans

Guangzhou Evergrande fans hold up scarves in support of their team during their game against Hong Kong side Eastern at Mongkok Stadium in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

allegedly unfurled a banner in an Asian Champions League match on Tuesday describing Hong Kong’s independence movement as “poison” and carrying the words: “Annihilate British dogs.”

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said it was looking into the incident, which occurred in the latter stages of Guangzhou’s 6-0 win over Hong Kong champions Eastern.

“The AFC is waiting for the match commissioner’s report and then the AFC will make a full assessment of the facts,” a spokesperson for the confederation told reporters.

The report was expected to be received by the continental body yesterday, with a decision on any further action due to be taken over the next few days.

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