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Footage shows Afghan and Pakistani cricket fans fighting in 2019, rather than at the 2022 Asia Cup.

Footage of cricket fans trading punches is spreading in blogs with thousands of views, claiming to be from a match between Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Asia Cup in September 2022, when supporters clashed.

However, the footage was made public in June 2019 during a riot between Afghan and Pakistani cricket fans at a World Cup match in England.”Pakistan vs Afghanistan cricket fan fighting 2022,” reads a September 8 Facebook post written in English and Bengali.

The video shows cricket supporters trading punches and tossing things against each other at a stadium.Similar Facebook posts about the video received thousands of views.

The messages emerged as Pakistan cricket chief Ramiz Raja condemned “hooliganism” that erupted during an Afghanistan-Pakistan match on September 7 at the 2022 Asia Cup, which was hosted by the United Arab Emirates.

Rising tempers spilled over to the stands, with videos surfacing showing Afghanistan fans pulling off chairs and throwing them towards Pakistan fans wearing Pakistan shirts.However, the videos that are being circulated online are old.

The film was discovered through keyword and reverse image searches in an article about Afghanistan and Pakistan cricket fans sparring at the 2019 World Cup.According to a June 30, 2019, story in the British tabloid The Sun, “shocking new evidence emerges of Pakistan and Afghanistan fans brawling during Cricket World Cup.”

The video posted in deceptive Facebook posts (left) correlates to the footage shared by The Sun (right):According to the report, the incidents occurred on June 29, 2019 at Leeds’ Headingley Cricket Ground.At the time, the film and screengrabs were extensively circulated online, notably here and here.Murtaza Ali Shah, a Pakistani journalist, tweeted video of the brawl from a different perspective.

According to AFP, the violence, which spilled outside the stadium, was prompted by the flying of a flag over the pitch saying “Justice for Balochistan.””We do not condone any form of political message at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup,” the game’s governing organisation stated.