Eastern to block Evergrande fans from home section

Those without a Hong Kong ID card will not be allowed to enter the home section on Tuesday. File photo: Courtesy of Eastern Football Team

Those without a Hong Kong ID card will not be allowed to enter the home section on Tuesday. File photo: Courtesy of Eastern Football Team

Eastern Football Team have announced plans to stop hundreds of Guangzhou Evergrande fans from entering the home section of the Mong Kok Stadium during their Asian Champions League match on Tuesday night.

The club said around 400 home tickets sold online were snapped up by mainlanders.

Frustrated Eastern supporters had raised a furore when the tickets went on sale on February 14, saying they lost out on getting them because Evergrande fans bought tickets for both the home and away sections.

All the tickets – including around 350 seats in the 6,500 seat stadium earmarked for Guangzhou Evergrande fans – were sold out in about 30 minutes. 

The club said in a statement that those entering the home section will have to present their Hong Kong ID card. Those without a card will be given a refund, plus an extra HK$50. 

The statement said ticketholders who present a foreign passport will be allowed to enter the home section, but this will not include Chinese passports. 

The club said this was to allow foreign fans, including friends and relatives of Eastern players, to cheer for the team alongside local supporters.
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