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FIFA World Cup 18 Qualifiers - CN vs HK match in Shenzhen on Sep 3 - Where to buy tickets?

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    Anyone knows when the home leg match tickets go on sale?


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    I don't see the problem with the allocation. Most away teams get a small allocation of tickets which is usually a % of the capacity anywhere between 8-15%


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    Heard a rumour that the HKFA are coming under pressure to hold the home leg at Mong Kok stadium again rather than risk 40,000 fans booing the Chinese anthem in Happy Valley.

    Anyone know if there is any truth in that?


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    FIFA World Cup 18 Qualifiers - CN vs HK match in Shenzhen on Sep 3 - Where to...

    Quote Originally Posted by Stu79:
    Heard a rumour that the HKFA are coming under pressure to hold the home leg at Mong Kok stadium again rather than risk 40,000 fans booing the Chinese anthem in Happy Valley.

    Anyone know if there is any truth in that?
    Chinese anthem no way but booing the Chinese fella quite possible :-)


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    On the HKFA Chairman's blog he said that there were high-level discussions about "security" and other matters that were preventing the LCSD from giving the HK Stadium for the game.

    Today we had this, which might be some 'spin' especially given that there will be other matches and rugby on the ground before the FIFA Qualifiers.

    Bad turf may force change of venue, says HKFA - RTHK


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    Quote Originally Posted by Stu79:
    Heard a rumour that the HKFA are coming under pressure to hold the home leg at Mong Kok stadium again rather than risk 40,000 fans booing the Chinese anthem in Happy Valley.

    Anyone know if there is any truth in that?
    While I might not necessarily have strong views about the mainland, I would boo the shit out of them if I was at the stadium, just because that's what watching sports games is all about.

    Hell, if any of you have ever seen a game at Hong Kong stadium, you should hear the crowd swearing in unison when one of their local players makes a mistake!
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    Quote Originally Posted by penguinsix:
    On the HKFA Chairman's blog he said that there were high-level discussions about "security" and other matters that were preventing the LCSD from giving the HK Stadium for the game.

    Today we had this, which might be some 'spin' especially given that there will be other matches and rugby on the ground before the FIFA Qualifiers.
    Bad turf. Right. That's it. Nothing to do with China a) not wanting the anthem booing and b) not wanting a large, vociferous home crowd which may embarrass the China team by helping the HK team to win.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stu79:
    Bad turf. Right. That's it. Nothing to do with China a) not wanting the anthem booing and b) not wanting a large, vociferous home crowd which may embarrass the China team by helping the HK team to win.
    I guess there are a couple of questions

    1) Do Hong Kong have a chance of winning?

    If yes then
    2) Which gives a better home advantage,
    a) Mong Kok's tiny ground that will stop China getting into a rhythm with a few baying fans or
    b) Main Stadium with its much bigger pitch an more likely to benefit China and a packed stadium of screaming (anti mainland) fans.

    Option a) gives the lowest chance of significant embarrassment. Losing a game can be explained. Losing the hearts of the people in the city can't.

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