Video: Sharjah Cricket Stadium vandalized as tense Afghanistan-Pakistan match ends

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The UAE’s Sharjah Cricket Stadium was vandalized amid fighting between fans after an Asia Cup match between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Tensions in the stadium rose after Afghanistan bowler Fareed Ahmad appeared to share a heated moment with Pakistani batsman Asif Ali in the second-last over of the match.

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As things started to escalate on pitch, players from either team were seen jumping in to defuse the situation with assistance from the referee.

Off pitch, simmering tensions reached a boiling point.

Shortly after Afghanistan lost to Pakistan, social media footage showed seats being thrown across the bleachers, hitting a few attendees and causing chaos inside the stadium.

Similar acts of violence had broken out in what looked like the area outside the stadium, from widely shared videos on social media.

Upset fans took to social media, many blaming either side for having fueled the frenzy. Many called out on the authorities to take action against the perpetrators.

No official statement has been released by the local police department at the time of publication.

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