SRtRC Chief Executive Ged Grebby reacts to allegations Hong Kong fans racially abused players and supporters during friendly
Several media outlets, including Aljazeera, report that the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has lodged a complaint with FIFA that Filipino fans and players were subjected to racist abuse during a friendly last week against Hong Kong.
The PFF General Secretary has asked FIFA to investigate the allegations and filed a complaint on Tuesday after reports of physical and racist abuse.
Ged Grebby, chief executive of Show Racism the Red Card, backed a FIFA investigation into the incident on Friday.
Ged told Al Jazeera that FIFA should act under its tough new anti-racism rules if it upheld the complaints.
The complaint contains statements from Filipino fans who said they were called "slaves'', in reference to the thousands of domestic helpers who work in the former British colony.
"In that context it sounds like racist abuse," Grebby said.
The Philippines also complained that Hong Kong fans threw bottles at them and booed the Philippine national anthem before the game, which the Philippines won 1-0 after their star Fulham goalkeeper Neil Etheridge pulled off some spectacular saves
The Hong Kong Football Association condemned inappropriate behaviour last week and said it was investigating the incidents. Spokesman Benny Chan said that the HKFA has a zero-tolerance approach to racism.
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