Afghanistan Fans Beat Pakistan Fan Outside The Stadium

Afghanistan Fans Beat Pakistan Fan Outside The Stadium”

The International Cricket Council has said it will take action against any fans involved in "scuffles" before the Cricket World Cup match between Pakistan and Afghanistan at Headingley on Saturday.

The said fans wearing Afghan jerseys, supposedly climbed through the stadium walls and initiated fighting with Pakistani supporters present at the ground.

Videos on social media showed fans clashing outside the ground and a group trying to break through the gates between the main road and the ground in Leeds.

There were also reports about fans entering the stadium illegally and occupying seats.

"We are aware of some scuffles among a minority of fans and are now working with the venue security team and the local police force, West Yorkshire Police, to ensure there are no further incidents", an ICC spokesperson said.

Geopolitical tensions have been high between Kabul and Islamabad.

The cricket rivalry between Pakistan and Afghanistan is fast turning out to be one of the most fierce rivalries in the game. However, Twitter was less than impressed with Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib after the match. "Yeah, if you look, we learnt a lot of cricket, Pakistan, we also played cricket in Pakistan", Naib said.

Earlier, Pakistan bowlers did not exactly dominate the Afghanistan batsmen but pacer Shaheen Afridi's four-wicket haul helped them limit the gritty rivals to 227 for nine in their must-win game. Pakistan and Afghanistan have never met against each other in World Cup tournament, however, they have faced each other on two occasions till now in a bilateral tournament.

The scenes were more reminiscent of a football match than the calmness usually associated with cricket, and will likely lead to questions as to why organizers appeared to be caught out by the frenzied clashes.

A Pakistani journalist was also attacked by the crowd, stopping him from shooting video.

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