2018-12-07 19:25:46来源:励志吧0次阅读

After rows over everything from post boxes to the electoral system, simmering tensions between Hong Kong and China move to the football pitch on Tuesday night as their respective teams clash in the most eagerly awaited fixture here for decades.


Hong Kong has called up 1,200 police officers to maintain order as the rivals face off in a tense World Cup qualifying game where there will be much more than points at stake.

香港已征调1200名警察维持秩序,两支球队将在一场紧张激烈的世界杯(World Cup)预选赛中交锋,这场比赛关系到的东西远不止是胜负得分。

Tickets for the match at the tiny, 6,000-capacity Mong Kok stadium sold out within hours after the Hong Kong football association failed to secure access to the city’s main sporting venue.


Long ignored by Hongkongers because of its poor record, the Hong Kong team has enjoyed a resurgence of interest this year as the city’s young residents used their support to demonstrate their separateness from mainland China.


“The Hong Kong-China conflict definitely plays as a factor in the game,” said Bob Wu, a 34-year-old fan who recently travelled to the Maldives to support Hong Kong in another qualifier. “Football is always related to politics, especially when the mainland is encroaching on our society.”

“港中冲突肯定会成为这场比赛中上演的一个元素,”34岁的球迷Bob Wu说,“足球总是与政治相关,特别是在内地正侵入我们社会之际。”最近,他曾奔赴马尔代夫,在另一场世界杯预选赛中为香港队站脚助威。

Since it returned to Chinese control in 1997, Hong Kong has been ruled semi-autonomously under the “one country, two systems” arrangement.


But the relationship between Beijing and Hong Kong has floundered since China refused to allow this city of 7m people free elections, sparking the Occupy protest movement last year.


Hong Kong’s pro-democracy opposition parties complain of increasing meddling in Hong Kong affairs by Beijing, while a small group of activists are even calling for the city to declare independence in order to safeguard its way of life.


During previous World Cup qualifiers, Hong Kong’s fans booed their official national anthem — China’s “March of the Volunteers” — leading to a $5,000 fine from Fifa, the sport’s governing body.


“Hong Kong is part of China but Hong Kong people had little say when the city was handed over to China,” said Joel Yu, a 23-year-old Hong Kong fan who works at a university. “Now it’s unreasonable to play China’s national anthem when our team is playing. That is not our song.”

“香港是中国的一部分,但在香港主权移交给中国时,香港人几乎没有任何发言权。”在一所大学工作的23岁香港球迷Joel Yu表示,“现在,在我们的球队比赛时播放中国国歌是不合情理的。那不是我们的歌。”

But some fans believe their focus should be on trying to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia rather than pushing political agendas.


“I don’t think the matches have to link with political issues necessarily,” said Mercury Cheng, a 23-year-old who works at a television station. “We are only supporting our own people.”

“我不认为这些比赛要与政治议题联系在一起,”在一家电视台工作的23岁球迷Mercury Cheng表示,“我们只是支持我们自己的球员。”

The two teams drew in a qualifying match in Shenzhen in September but China remain the favourites to win on Tuesday, ranked 84th in the world compared with 145th-placed Hong Kong.