Guangzhou Evergrande charged for fans' anti-Hong Kong banner

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) " Two-time Asian Champions League winner Guangzhou Evergrande has been charged by the sport's continental governing body after supporters unfurled an offensive banner aimed at a Hong Kong opponent this week.

The Asian Football Confederation says it opened disciplinary cases against the Chinese club " Asia's champion in 2013 and '15 " Kawasaki Frontale of Japan and Nejmeh of Lebanon for discrimination incidents this month.

Guangzhou Evergrande held up an anti-British, anti-Hong Kong independence banner during a 6-0 win over Eastern on Tuesday. Hong Kong was a British colony returned to Chinese rule 20 years ago.

Kawasaki Frontale was charged for "a similar offence of discrimination" during a Champions League game against Suwon Samsung Bluewings in South Korea.

Nejmeh was charged following incidents at an AFC Cup home game against Al Wehdat of Jordan.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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