On March 11th, a video of Kitchee U12 vs ESF U12 football match was circulated online. In the video, ESF football team can be seen committing many dirty fouls. The following video is just a backup and the original is now set to private.
The nastiest foul is at 1:38, in which No. 2 of ESF kicked in the face of his opponent. It stirred anger online immediately and was reported by Ming Pao with the title “ESF’s students kicked people instead of ball” next day.
On March 14th, the manager of Kitchee, Ken Ng, and movie director, Alfred Cheung, whose son is a team member, were reported to have received ESF’s lawyer letter demanding them to take down the video from YouTube.
Alfred Cheung’s account on Apple Daily,
Actually, my son (11 years old) is also a victim. No. 2 of ESF kicked my son in the penalty area and at the end line and caused him to bleed. I had never spoken out. However, I received lawyer’s letter from ESF unexpectedly today. The letter addresses me to delete the offending video politely. However, a person was sent to my home to give me the letter. I think this is a threat, especially the video he demanded me to delete is not uploaded by me. I will write to ESF to demand apologies for my son’s injury and accusation that I was the uploader.
That kick of No.2 of ESF would have sent the Kitchee’s kid to hospital for at least six months to a year if it were half inch deeper. This is a very dangerous and nasty act. However, the coach of ESF did not stop it immediately.
The act of ESF sparks speeches against rich and Westerners.
loved: Is ESF still getting subsidy from the government? If it does, they shouldn’t be that boastful. These rich people are sponsored by taxpayers. They even produce young bullies.
Younha: Being bullied in your own place, Hongkonger is really sad. Besides locusts, even Westerners bully us together. We will be forced to tolerate this as well, f***.
沒自信的毒男: In Hong Kong, local is the lowest class. Whether locusts or Westerners, we have to tolerate them.
機會黎喇飛雲: It proves that Hong Kong Westerners run amok like (Mainland Chinese) locusts do.
goodbrush: Westerner Locust
戀仔狂: (*a screen capture from a TV drama) Being rich doesn’t mean that you can act unscrupulously.
meia: Add one more sentence. Everybody, quick, share it out. You don’t discipline your son. The school don’t discipline students. Let us housewives help you. This is Hong Kong! You ESF is a structure that is using taxpayers’ money!
A netizen gave his commentary.
笑什麼?: ESF is in fact subsidised by the government. You see how those ethnic Chinese who couldn’t/can’t study in ESF schools think. I think that this incident not only needs to be assigned responsibility, ESF schools need to be closed down. Don’t use taxpayers’ money to sponsor these dregs. The resource of Hong Kong is being robbed and Hongkonger is being bullied by foreigners. The thinking of anti-foreigner, anti-rich and anti-powers aren’t weak. The anger is easy to flame. The act of issuing lawyer’s letters makes a trivial matter that only involves between coaches and students to become an incident that “the government assists foreign evil powers to bully pitiful Hongkonger.”
News of ESF’s previous scandal. According to Ming Pao,
Audit Commission Criticise the Extravagance of the Top of ESF
In 2000, ESF bought luxury properties in 10 Stanley Village Road and Evergreen Gardens of Shousan Hill as accommodations of headmasters and teachers. In 2004, Audit Commission revealed that the salary of ESF’s teaching staff reached 79,000 HKD per month in 02/03, which was the highest among all the international schools in Hong Kong, in the 70-page report. ESF also rented 10 properties that were worth 6.8M as accommodations for 10 top staffs. Some higher-level staffs were given 8,000 to 20,000 per month for social expenses, which were worth 290,000 in total.
However, Alfred Cheung, who directed and wrote many movies that poked fun at Mainlanders during the 80’s and 90’s, recently condemned Hongkongers for the anti-locust ad, is now being backfired in his own Weibo.
There is no justice! Students from ESF, which are subsidised by the government, kicked and wounded our children. A parent filmed a video and uploaded it. One part is No. 2 (of ESF) kicked in the face of our child, shocking the World. My own child is also wounded. Before I complain about them wasting taxpayers’ money, I received a lawyer’s letter unexpectedly and is told to take down the film.
Hong Kong netizens’ comments
北原KiTaHaRa: You got a taste of your own medicine. Cheung the big director, before, aren’t you telling people to tolerate Mainlander? Why don’t you tolerate Westerner? Are you trying to stir hatred?
Because “double negative” issue is not his business. He has already invested in Mainland China and earned big profit, Cousin cafe (*Cheung’s investment) needs the support of Mainlander. How can he offend them? This time, his son is “also wounded”, the interest of his own and his family members is harmed. He certainly speaks out. If this Weibo were not from “Alfred Cheung”, no one would come to take verbal advantage of him.
萬少懷: When Mainlander insult and beat our medical staffs, you say tolerance. Now, this is just a small injury in a sporting event, why can’t you tolerate?
BRIAN18181818: We are discussing whether “double negative” is invading Hong Kong resource, however, you attitude is chilling and your speech is cold-hearted. Now, groups of Hong Kong mothers almost don’t have hospital beds, you don’t even have an ounce of sympathy. Are you shameless?
Oriental Daily revealed the injury of 12-year-old Titus, the Kitchee footballer who was kicked in the face.
My response to AFP’s “School football incident sparks Hong Kong race row.”
- “Gweilo” is always used as a neutral term these days.
- “But some other commentators said the ESF boy may have misjudged his kick and not meant to hurt his opponent.” What’s the intention of writing this?
- The lawyer’s letter is barely mentioned.
- No info on the background of ESF.