In their latest effort to tackle crude behavior ahead of the Olympics,
Beijing police say they will punish or even detain football fans who yell out
the "F-Word" (the Chinese equivalent) at Sunday's friendly between Beijing
Guo'an FC and Barcelona.
"Those who initiate swearing or goad the crowd into mass cursing at the game
will be ejected from the stadium or even face detention and a 12-month ban from
attending football matches," Liu Chunjiang, a spokesman with Beijing police's
Fengtai District Branch told Xinhua on Friday.
Fengtai police, responsible for security at Sunday's game between Beijing
Guo'an FC and Barcelona, will treat the international friendly expected to
attract more than 30,000 fans as a "drill for next year's Olympics", Liu said.
"It is just way out of line to have 30,000 people shouting and swearing en
masse," Liu said.
"There will be a police officer in each stand videoing the crowd during the
match in order to collect evidence of fans' bad behavior, from cursing and
fighting to throwing litter or running onto the field. We will keep records of
all violations," he said.
"What we are trying to do is to give the right guidance in how to view a
football match, not to impose anything on the spectator, " Liu said.
Beijing Fengtai Stadium, where the game will be held, is the home stadium of
Guo'an FC and a notorious cussing venue for Beijingers who enjoy letting fly
with tirades of abuse.
A seasoned curser surnamed Hao was detained for seven days in July for
"violating the order of a public event". The man set up a website in March
called "Beijing Curse Union", aimed at promoting a "curse culture" and goading
Beijing football fans before each match to swear at the visiting team. He was
banned from the stadium for 12 months.
Another five members of the "Union" were fined or given warnings. Sunday's
game will be the first match after the banning of the "Union", said Liu, who
refused to say how many police officers will be present.