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Ka I 21–18 Hang Sai

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2019 Taça de Macau
Match No. 2
Event2019 Taça de Macau
Date16 June 2019
VenueLin Fong Stadium, Macau
RefereeGrant

Ka I 21–18 Hang Sai was a football match held on 16 June 2019 involving two teams in Macau. The fixture was part of the 2019 Taça de Macau. Players of both Ka I and Hang Sai decided to use the competitive match as a means of protest against the Macau Football Association for its role in the withdrawal of the Macau national team from the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Background

The tie between Kai I and Hang Sai in the 2019 Taça de Macau was held on 16 June 2019 after the Macau Football Association (MFA) decided to withdraw its national team from the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The result of the match up between the two Macanese club was a protest against the federation's decision. The match was a playoff in order to determined which among the two clubs would advance to the quarterfinal of the cup tournament.[1]

Macau entered the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in the first round of the Asian qualifiers and had to outbest Sri Lanka in a home-and-away playoff. Macau won 1–0 over Sri Lanka in the first tie. The second match was to be held away in Sri Lanka but the MFA decided against sending a team citing security concerns following the 2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings. Macau national team players has appealed against this decision and was willing to waive the federation responsibility over their safety so they could play their second qualifier match in Sri Lanka but this request has been denied.[1]

The MFA requested the Football Federation of Sri Lanka to have the match played in a neutral venue but the proposal was denied with the Sri Lankan federation insisting that adequate security measures were adopted for the then-scheduled match.[2]

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC First Round matches involving Macau and Sri Lanka
Macau 1–0 Sri Lanka
Report (AFC)
Zhuhai Sports Center Stadium, Zhuhai (China)[note 1]
Attendance: 901
Referee: Kim Dae-yong (South Korea)
Sri Lanka Cancelled[note 2] Macau
Report (AFC)

The last competitive match between Ka I and Hang Sai prior to their 2019 Taça de Macau match was in the 2019 Liga de Elite. Hang Sai won 2–0 in that match.[1]

Match details

Both Ka I and Hang Sai players scored unchallenged with a goalkeeper being one of the goalscorers of the Taça de Macau match.[7] Hang Sai player Lam Ka Chong scored the first goal in the 4th minute. By half-time the scoreline was 6–5 in favor of Ka I.[8] and the scoreboard at the stadium stopped working when the scoreline reached 21–17.[7] The match reportedly ended prematurely by officials who determined that players from both clubs were not playing a competitive game.[8] The result of the match was officially recorded as a Ka I 21–18 win over Hang Sai.[9]

Ka I21–18Hang Sai
Thiago Fernandes Goal 7'11'
Josecler Nascimento Filho Goal 16'56'59'63'65'66'
Chan Pak Chun Goal 36'
Thiago Silva Goal 31'57'82'
Mak Hou Wai Goal 39'48'
Choi Weng Hou Goal 51'
Ho Chi Fong Goal 52'68'69'
Felix Adzayi Goal 54'60'
Kong Cheng Hou Goal 54'
Report Lam Ka Chou Goal 5'50'52'56'62'64'
Ho Chi Hou Goal 14'
Chan Seng Kin Goal 22'
Ng Ka Ming Goal 23'
Lam Ka Pou Goal 33'
Ng Wa Keng Goal 35'47'51'58'61'65'67'
Referee: Grant
Ka I[10]
Hang Sai[10]

Aftermath

The Macau Football Association launched an investigation regarding the Taça de Macau match while both Ka I and Hang Sai conducted their own internal investigations.[7] Players involved from both clubs clarified that the way they played was a decision they made and not reflective of their club's official stance.[8] On 10 July, the association cancelled the result and Ka I's quarter-finals appearance, allowing their intended opponent Chao Pak Kei to advance to the semi-finals.[11]

In the other playoff match held on the same day as the Ka I-Hang Sai tie, Monte Carlo won 2–0 Policia, also advancing to the next round.[1]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Macau played their home match against Sri Lanka in Zhuhai, China, due to ongoing maintenance of Estádio Campo Desportivo.[3]
  2. ^ Macau did not send their team for the second leg due to safety reasons following the 2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings.[4] The AFC referred the matter to FIFA,[5] and FIFA announced on 27 June 2019 that the match was declared a 3–0 forfeit victory to Sri Lanka, and consequently qualifying Sri Lanka to the second round.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b c d White, Jonathan (17 June 2019). "Macau World Cup qualifier protest continues with 39-goal FA Cup farce as goalkeepers allow opponents to score". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  2. ^ Marques, Renato (19 June 2019). "The sport says something must change | Local football suffocating from lack of ambition". Macau Daily Times. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  3. ^ "RAEM recorre a estádio de Zhuhai para receber Sri Lanka". Tribuna de Macau. 24 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Football - Macau not sending team to Sri Lanka due to security concerns". Reuters. 8 June 2019.
  5. ^ "AFC Statement". AFC. 10 June 2019.
  6. ^ "FIFA Disciplinary Committee sanctions Macau Football Association". FIFA.com. 27 June 2019.
  7. ^ a b c "39 goals scored in Macau FA Cup game as players protest against World Cup withdrawal". BBC Sports. 17 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  8. ^ a b c "Macau FA to investigate 21-18 sham match". Macau Daily Times. 18 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Macau game brims with dozens of protest goals". The Standard. Agence France-Presse. 18 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  10. ^ a b "2019 Macau League Schedule" (PDF). Macau Football Association. 20 May 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 June 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Football Association cancels protest match that saw 39 goals scored". Macau Business. Macau News Agency. 10 July 2019.
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