In­dia, Pak­istan fans clash af­ter fi­nal

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - World - Pra­sun Son­walkar sports­desk@hindustantimes.com

Com­mu­ni­ties in Britain with ori­gins in In­dia and Pak­istan live, work and often so­cialise to­gether, but na­tional teams fac­ing each other in cricket brings to the fore age-old ri­val­ries – as they did in Lon­don, Le­ices­ter and else­where af­ter Sun­day’s ICC Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy fi­nal.

Ri­val fans waved na­tional flags and threw mis­siles at each other in Southall, with po­lice keep­ing the peace.

In Le­ices­ter, the ar­te­rial Bel­grave Road was blocked due to dis­tur­bances, with fans goad­ing each other. Po­lice he­li­copters were used to keep tabs on the sit­u­a­tion.

Bel­grave Road and nearby Mel­ton Road were also closed on June 4, when In­dia beat Pak­istan in the ini­tial rounds of the tour­na­ment, prompt­ing sev­eral complaints from res­i­dents in the East Mid­lands town that has a large pop­u­la­tion of South Asian ori­gin. Some ar­eas and towns are iden­ti­fied with South Asian coun­tries and re­gions.

Sev­eral videos of clashes be­tween ri­val sup­port­ers in Southall, Le­ices­ter and else­where were cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia. Their be­hav­iour was con­demned on so­cial me­dia by peo­ple across the coun­try.

A Le­ices­ter­shire po­lice spokesman said on Sun­day night: “Bel­grave Road has been re­opened fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent of pub­lic or­der. A large group of peo­ple gath­ered in the area ear­lier this evening fol­low­ing the fi­nal of a cricket match be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan.

“Of­fi­cers closed Bel­grave Road city bound to the junc­tion of Lough­bor­ough Road and county bound to Bel­grave round­about to as­sist the dis­per­sal of the crowd.

“We would like to thank the pub­lic for their pa­tience while of­fi­cers dealt with the dis­rup­tion.”

AFP

Peo­ple took to the streets in Islamabad af­ter Pak­istan thrashed In­dia to lift their maiden Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy on Sun­day.

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