The Asian Football Federation(AFC) has already brushed away Premier League plans to stage international matches in Asia from 2010-11, but rapidly developing Hong Kong is supporting the plan. The former British colony has a vast amount of expatriots and the country’s football association is ready to embrace the Premiership.
Brian Leung, who is the chairman of the country’s FA, says:
The Hong Kong Football Association would be very interested (in staging games). The Premier League were very happy with the Asia Trophy. They know that the fans are here and the interest is here. We have already sent an e-mail to (Premier League chief executive) Richard Scudamore expressing our interest.
So at least there is one place where the Premier League can bank on to host international Premiership matches. But should the FIFA and the AFC not ratify the move, then Hong Kong’s ambition would be crippled.