Hong Kong urgeS venue switch over Maldives emergency


HONG KONG: Hong Kong raised serious concerns about next week’s football qualifier against Maldives on Thursday after a state of emergency was declared over political turmoil in the paradise island nation. Hong Kong FA chief executive Mark Sutcliffe said that the team wouldn’t play next Thursday’s joint World Cup and Asian Cup qualifier unless safety could be guaranteed, and suggested moving the game or postponing it. Maldives President Abdulla Yameen invoked draconian emergency laws for the first time in 11 years on Wednesday, heightening a crackdown on dissent, after alleged attempts on his life.



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