Hong Kong soccer association wants bets on local top matches


The head of the Hong Kong Football Association is calling for the Hong Kong Jockey Club to allow the running of bets on matches that overseas teams play in the territory.

Local media reported Brian Leung as saying that if betting rules were relaxed, revenues could go towards financing “glamour matches”. He said he had spoken with the Jockey Club who appeared supportive of the suggestion.

“Their initial response is quite positive as they can give us a very high percentage of the profit to help lower the cost of staging these matches. But since their existing operations do not allow betting on local competitions, it may require a change of the betting rules,” Leung was quoted as saying.

The government would need to approve any sharing of soccer betting profit. The Jockey Club now only accepts bets on overseas matches.