Afghanistan supporters were once again heart-broken after their team lost to Pakistan in an important match on Friday.
Afterward, some of the supporters took out their anger by attacking a Pakistani fan, harassing many others including journalists, right outside the stadium.
So much so, one fan even tried to attack Pakistani Bowler Wahab Riaz.
The ruckus was caught on the footage. Stadium officials removed the hooligans who reacted in brutality against the other individuals.
Seriously Afghani fans are real disgrace to the Game of Cricket, they actually tryed to attack our boys after they got beaten by us.#ICC should take strong action against them and their Afghan Cricket board should also seekh apology from PCB.#PakVsAfghan #ShameAfghanistan 🇦🇫 pic.twitter.com/4SvXhBxms5
— 🌼Hiba khan🌼 (@Hibakhan0007) June 29, 2019
ICC took notice of the situation and expressed, “We are aware of some scuffles among a minority of fans and are currently working with the venue security team and the local police force, West Yorkshire Police, to ensure there are no further incidents. We do not condone this type of behavior, and will take appropriate action against any anti-social behavior that spoils the enjoyment for the majority of fans”.
“We work with local police forces around the country to prevent this type of incident occurring and were assured that given Headingley is under the flight path for the Leeds Bradford Airport it would not be an issue. We do not condone any sort of political messages at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and will work with West Yorkshire police to deal with and understand why this has happened and to ensure it does not happen again,” the ICC said.
Eyewitnesses told AFP there were clashes in the stands at the start of the match, which spread outside the ground until security officers intervened.
“Thanks to the intervention from security personnel the situation did not go out of control,” said Ahmed Zai, who is from the Pakistani city of Peshawar, but lives in nearby Bradford.
A Pakistani journalist was also attacked by the crowd, stopping him from shooting video.
A statement from West Yorkshire police said: “At 11:55 am today (1055 GMT) police received reports of some trouble outside the ground linked to people trying to get in. Officers attended to disperse the group without any issues and remained on patrol in the area.”
The International Cricket Council said in a statement: “We are aware of some scuffles among a minority of fans and are currently working with the venue security team and the local police force, West Yorkshire Police, to ensure there are no further incidents.”
It added: “We do not condone any sort of political messages at the ICC Men s Cricket World Cup and will work with West Yorkshire police to deal with and understand why this has happened and to ensure it does not happen again.”
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