Crowd Behaviour: CAS 2017/A/5306 Guangzhou Evergrande FC v. AFC

Crowd Behaviour: CAS 2017/A/5306 Guangzhou Evergrande FC v. AFC

Discriminatory conduct is viewed as a serious infringement of disciplinary regulations that must be sanction at least with a fine, according to the relevant AFC regulations.

Facts/Procedure

The dispute between the parties arose from an incident, which occurred at the end of an away fixture in the 2017 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League, on 25 April 2017, between Eastern SC (HKG) and the Appellant Club in Hong Kong. In about the 85th minute of the game, a banner was unfurled by spectators located in the away section of the Stadium, a section that had been quarantined for Chinese Nationals including supporters of the Club. The banner was in the Chinese language and when translated to English read as follows: “Annihilate British Dogs, Exterminate Hong Kong Independence...

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