LEEDS: 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.
Videos shared on social media showed supporters of both countries fighting outside the venue and security personnel being forced to intervene, while ESPNcricinfo reported that at least two fans had been evicted from the ground.
In a possibly related incident, before the start of the match, a few fans were seen entering the premises illegally by jumping the boundary wall. It could not be ascertained if illegal entrance – and thus oversubscription for seats in the stands – triggered the clashes. Eyewitnesses from either side blamed verbal provocation from the other set of fans.
“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.”