The game took place amid ongoing pro-democracy protests against China's rule of Hong Kong, which was under British rule until 1997. FIFA said Wednesday the charge against Hong Kong was "disturbance during national anthems; use of objects to transmit a message that is not appropriate for a sports event."
Hong Kong, which lost 2-0 to Iran, has its next home game on Nov. 14 against Bahrain. Also, FIFA fined Indonesia 45,000 Swiss francs ($45,300) for fan disorder in a home qualifier against neighboring Malaysia.
The game was suspended for several minutes late in the second half because of clashes between fans. Malaysia won 3-2 with a goal in the seventh minute of stoppage time. FIFA warned Malaysia a first time for its fans' lack of discipline and throwing objects, and again for lack of order in its own stadium days later when hosting a qualifier against the United Arab Emirates.
After crowd disturbances at Sierra Leone's home qualifier against Liberia last month, FIFA imposed a 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,250) fine and ordered a home game to be played in an empty stadium. Sierra Leone was eliminated and the punishment should be served at a qualifying game for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Sudan's soccer federation was fined 30,000 Swiss francs ($30,150) for a pitch invasion by fans at a game against Chad.
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