The Foreign Office on Sunday (June 30) expressed deep concern over scuffles during the Pakistan-Afghanistan World Cup cricket match and demanded investigation in the matter.
“The flying of anti-Pakistan banners, unruly conduct of certain group of spectators toward Pakistan team players, and scuffles during the Pakistan-Afghanistan World Cup cricket match are a matter of deep concern. Use of sports venues for such malicious propaganda is unacceptable”, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in an official statement.
“We expect all relevant authorities, both sports and law enforcement, to thoroughly investigate the matter and bring those responsible to account. The matter is also being taken up through diplomatic channels”, it is added.
The atmosphere in Pakistan and Afghanistan’s world cup game turned ugly, as Afghan fans created a disturbance outside the stadium. A group of Afghanistan crowd tried to attack Wahab Riyaz after Pakistan tremendous victory against Afghanistan while security deputed in the stadium controlled the crowd and foiled the attack.
The news of the disturbance caused by Afghan fans outside Leed’s Headingly stadium first surfaced on social media. Videos showed young men waving Afghan flags ganging up on a person and beating him outside the stadium. Another video showed Afghan fans quarrelling with security and trying to force their way into the stadium. TV reports said 2 people had been arrested in connection with the incidents.
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17 November, 2019