SHARJAH: Police in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have issued substantial fines to supporters who participated in the rioting following the match between Pakistan and Afghanistan.This week’s Asia Cup match between Pakistan and Afghanistan in Sharjah ended in a thrilling one-wicket victory for Pakistan, which some Afghan fans in attendance found offensive.
Following Wednesday’s game, videos of supporters fighting and damaging stadium property went viral on social media.The spectators involved in the sad incident were fined AED3,000 (about Rs190,000) by Sharjah police. The authorities have additionally issued a warning that individuals responsible for any future occurrences of this kind will be deported.
After Naseem Shah smashed two sixes off Fazalhaq Farooqi in the game’s penultimate over to help Pakistan defeat Afghanistan and advance to Sunday’s T20 competition final.After dismissing the batsman and handing him a send-off, Pakistan’s Asif Ali and Afghanistan’s fast bowler Fareed Ahmad got into a furious argument.
Before the players and the umpire intervened to diffuse the situation, an irate Asif made a gesture with his bat in the direction of Fareed.With videos of Afghan fans pulling off chairs and tossing them towards Pakistani fans wearing shirts, the escalating tempers moved from the pitch to the stands.