Barcelona's Victor Valdes (C) answers
questions during a news conference in Beijing Aug. 3, 2007. Barcelona
football club of the Spainish First Division will play a friendly match
with Chinese Super League club Beijing Guo'an on Aug. 5, as part of its
nine-day pre-season tour in Asia.(Xinhua Photo)
BEIJING, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- 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 match between Beijing Guo'an Football Club and
"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," LiuChunjiang, 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.