Few ugly scenes have emerged from outside the Leads Stadium as Pakistan is playing against Afghanistan in a crucial World cup 2019 match.
A few Afghan supporters were seen attacking Pakistani fans inside and outside Headingley cricket stadium in Leeds.
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,” an ICC spokesperson said.
“We do not condone this type of behaviour, and will take appropriate action against any anti-social behaviour that spoils the enjoyment for the majority of fans.”
Video footages of the incident from outside the ground show Afghanistan fans attacking Pakistani supporters.
Few reports claim that some Afghan fans tried to enter the stadium illegally, without any tickets.
Few of the Afghan supporters were ejected from stadium by security; many invaded the stadium jumping the wall, occupying seats without tickets.
Reportedly Afghan fans also clashed with security officials and harassed Pakistani media personnel covering the World Cup group stage game between the two neighbor countries.
While I was making footage of Afghanis attack on Pakistani spectators.The angered crowd manhandled me as well.Tried to snatch mobile phone and pushed me several times.Thanks to security for timely response.Surprised and shocked to see such hatredness towards Pakistanis. pic.twitter.com/zPzCWxlgYW
— Makhdoom Abu-bakar Bilal (@makhdoomab) June 29, 2019
I have covered hundreds of international games, never seen such pathetic behaviour, full of hatred and abuses, they even harassed Pakistani journalists, manhandled @makhdoomab outside the ground. Such hostility isn’t seen even in India Pakistan games. https://t.co/yM8UJpgrOQ
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) June 29, 2019
This violent behaviour by Afghani supports has left cricket fans all over the world in shock, and seems to be one of its kind incedent in recent cricket history.