Violent clashes broke out at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the UAE between supporters of Afghanistan and Pakistan on Wednesday, September 7, after Pakistan won the Asia Cup 2022 match between the two countries. Soon after the nail-biting finish to the game in which Pakistan won by one wicket, the spectators reportedly turned unruly, vandalizing stadium property and Afghan fans allegedly assaulting Pakistan supporters.
In the backdrop of this, a video of a man in Pakistan team jersey dancing in the stands apparently mocking Afghan fans was shared widely on social media with the claim that that is what incited the violent clashes among fans. Cricketer Shoaib Akhtar tweeted:
This is what Afghan fans are doing.
This is what they’ve done in the past multiple times.This is a game and its supposed to be played and taken in the right spirit.@ShafiqStanikzai your crowd & your players both need to learn a few things if you guys want to grow in the sport. pic.twitter.com/rg57D0c7t8
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 7, 2022
Sharing the video of the dancing Pakistani man on Twitter at 9.18 pm on September 7, 2022 [archive link], executive editor of TV9 network Aditya Raj Kaul wrote on Twitter: A glimpse of Pakistani fans abusing, taunting & mocking Afghan fans inside the stadium which led to an argument and Afghan fans were provoked. Clash erupted. Hope action is taken against Pakistanis who end up indulging in violence everywhere across globe!
A glimpse of Pakistani fans abusing, taunting & mocking Afghan fans inside the stadium which led to an argument and Afghan fans were provoked. Clash erupted. Hope action is taken against Pakistanis who end up indulging in violence everywhere across globe! pic.twitter.com/vRb9KxwWIz
— A.K.S (@aks_amul) September 7, 2022
Hence it can be said that the video of a dancing Pakistani man did not incite the violence at Sharjah on Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Tying the video to the clashes at the stadium in a single frame is misleading.
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