FIFA fines Hong Kong for booing China anthem

Soccer's world governing body FIFA has fined Hong Kong's soccer federation for fans' disrespectful behavior against China's national anthem.

The incident happened at a World Cup qualifier in Hong Kong on September 10.

Some fans booed and protested when China's national anthem was played before Hong Kong's match against Iran.

FIFA on Wednesday fined the Hong Kong Football Association 15,000 Swiss francs, or about 15,000 dollars, for "disturbance during national anthems that is not appropriate for a sports event."

Hong Kong was penalized by the Asian Football Confederation in 2017 for booing during China's national anthem at an international friendly.

Hong Kong's government submitted a bill to the legislature in January this year to impose criminal punishment on those who disrespect China's national anthem. But deliberation on the bill has been put off due to ongoing protests.