China won the match 94-58.
“I was a bit confused because this hasn’t happened before, but he said there had been some problems between protesters and Chinese fans the night before.”
Andrew Farrugia says he believes Taiwanese fans were “selected” and stopped displaying their flags during a World Cup qualifier against China in Melbourne. Source: Delivered
The basketball fan said security personnel showed him a document listing prohibited items, including the Taiwanese flag, and said the guidelines came from the global governing body for basketball, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
Within FIBA, Taiwan competes under the flag of Chinese Taipei and does not fly the traditional Taiwanese flag.
The women also noted an increased security presence, which they attributed to the incident the night before.
Yi-Ting Lee got to carry her Taiwanese flag in the basketball game, but didn’t see many others. Source: Delivered
Hayden McHugh attended the match with Taiwanese friends and says his group was also told not to wave their flag over the empty seats in front of them.
“Whether (directing) was from FIBA or the stadium, or just the security and police working together… it was really strange. I can’t think of a time I’ve seen anything like it in Australia, it was pretty bizarre.”