Hong Kong international Chan Siu-ki denied criticising his foreign-born teammates on social media ahead of two vital World Cup qualifying matches against Maldives and China later this month.
On Monday, four Kitchee players who have obtained Hong Kong passports over the last two weeks, were drafted by HK coach Kim Pan-gon into his preliminary squad for a friendly against Myanmar on Saturday.
Chan – who plays for Kitchee’s bitter rivals South China – appeared to hit out on Facebook, posting: “Why do local young boys have to train so hard [to try to make the team] and for what?”
Chan later edited his post “because of too many experts”, and then posted again, saying he had “nothing but respect” for naturalised players and did not discriminate.
Of the 33-member preliminary squad, 11 are naturalised players while five are former mainlanders from China who have fulfilled the two-year residency rule to represent Hong Kong.
Earlier this year, China caused a storm with a clumsily worded poster talking about Hong Kong’s ‘white skin, brown skin, yellow skin’ team.
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