Demonstrators wave black Hong Kong flags in support of anti-government protesters at a football World Cup qualifier match between Hong Kong and Iran [Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters]

FIFA, football’s world governing body, has fined Hong Kong‘s football federation 15,000 Swiss francs ($15,100) for fans disrespecting the Chinese national anthem before a World Cup qualifying game last month.

Hong Kong fans booed and turned their backs when the anthem was played for their team before a September 10 qualifier at home against Iran.

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 on Wednesday the charge against Hong Kong was “disturbance during national anthems; use of objects to transmit a message that

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