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Hong Kong police probe protest song mishap at rugby showcase

Pro-democracy song played instead of Chinese anthem at match in South Korea

Namdong Asiad Rugby Field in Incheon, South Korea in 2014: A mix-up involving the Chinese national anthem at a Seven Series rugby match on Nov. 14 left local officials red-faced.   © AP

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong police say they are investigating how a song that became popular during 2019 mass street protests was played instead of the Chinese national anthem at a weekend rugby match in South Korea.

The mix-up triggered an angry reaction from Hong Kong officials, who summoned the city's top South Korean diplomat over the incident at the finals of the Seven Series rugby tournament near Seoul.

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