Crime investigation to launch for national anthem mistake in rugby

Chief Secretary for Administration said an investigation will be conducted after issuing the rugby organizations with strong displeasure and objections.

In a press briefing on Sunday, Eric Chan Kwok-ki, the chief secretary, described the national anthem blunder during the rugby tournaments as "unbelievable" and "unacceptable".

"We expressed our strong dissatisfaction with World Rugby and Asian Rugby," he said, "we have already written to them demanding a thorough investigation."

Chan claimed that the SAR government had also asked the local rugby association to implement a system of guidelines to prevent the same accidents related to the national flag and anthem.

"Our police forces have launched an investigation to look into whether there was criminal intent involved," Chan added.

A video clip uploaded on Youtube of the match between Hong Kong and Portugal in the Rugby World Cup on November 6 was found identifying the subtitle of the Chinese national anthem "March of the Volunteers" - when it was playing during the match - as "Glory to Hong Kong" instead.

Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu, who is in Bangkok, Thailand, for his attendance at the 29th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders' Meeting responded on Saturday to the two anthem accidents, claiming "strongly deplore and oppose".