British government strongly responds over attacks on Pakistani fans during world cup match

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British government strongly responds over attacks on Pakistani fans during world cup match

LONDON: British government strongly responds over attacks on Pakistani fans during world cup match against Afghanistan.

British government has strongly condemned the violence during cricket match between Afghanistan and Pakistan in Leeds' Headingley stadium.

Footage has shown fans, carrying flags of Afghanistan, setting upon Pakistani fans before start of the match and acts of violence after Pakistan won match against Afghanistan.

A group of fans has been seen throwing punches at fans, throwing chairs, attacking violently and damaging public property including attacking security guards.

Speaking to The News, a spokesman of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said the British government was “concerned by reports of violence between fans at the Pakistan-Afghanistan cricket match this weekend”.

The spokesman said that “any evidence of criminal behaviour should be passed to the police who will investigate as appropriate”.

When asked to comment about Pakistan’s protest over the flying of a plane on the cricket pitch carrying political slogans to target Pakistan, the spokesman expressed concern and stressed that UK stood for Pakistan’s territorial integrity.