World Cup 2019: Pakistan and Afghanistan fans clash outside Headingley - Watch
The World Cup 2019 encounter between Pakistan and Afghanistan saw clashes between the fans in the stands at Headingley in Leeds.Updated: Jun 30, 2019 09:36 IST
The World Cup 2019 encounter between Pakistan and Afghanistan saw clashes between the fans in the stands at Headingley in Leeds. The violent clashes were witnessed between the fans outside the stadium before the start of play, and it continued after two fans were reportedly evicted from the stand.
As per the report, the clash at the stands took place around an hour into the match between the fans from both the teams in the Carnegie Pavilion Stand. The security personnel intervened, which led to the fans being evicted.
Watch | Scuffle between Pakistan, Afghanistan fans outside Leeds stadium
The clashes outside the stadium became uglier, with steel barricades being used as weapons in the melee.
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.”
“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 was quoted as saying by news agency AFP.
“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,” he further added.
Afghanistan finished 227/9 in 50 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat.