Hong Kong fans loudly boo Chinese national anthem during soccer game

Political tensions between China and Hong Kong reached the world of sports again on Tuesday, when thousands of Hong Kong soccer fans loudly booed and turned their backs as the Chinese national anthem was played before a soccer friendly against Iran, according to the Associated Press.

In response to the anthem, the fans at Hong Kong stadium reportedly sang “Glory to Hong Kong,” an online crowd-composed song that has recently become popular with protesters and been called Hong Kong’s new national anthem.

The crowd also reportedly chanted “Fight for freedom” and “Revolution of our Times” after the match began and formed a human chain inside the stadium at halftime. Hong Kong eventually lost 2-0 to Iran.

Security was reportedly tight at the stadium, frisking the 14,000 fans attending the game for political materials and other prohibited items.

The Iranian side was reportedly so concerned about the political unrest that it requested to move the match. FIFA rejected the request.

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