ICC World Cup 2023: Man with Palestine flag invades match

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Devanjana Mukherjee, Khabri Media

The incident left fans, players, and officials perplexed, raising concerns about the adequacy of security measures at sporting events.

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During Sunday’s ICC World Cup 2023 final in Ahmedabad, a pro-Palestine pitch invader attempted to embrace India’s star batter and former captain, Virat Kohli. The man, clad in red shorts, was wearing a white t-shirt with the message ‘Stop bombing Palestine’ on the front and ‘Free Palestine’ on the back. He was also wearing a face mask in Palestine’s colours. To subscribe please click tau.id/2iy6f and access our live channel.

He was also carrying what seemed like a Pride flag while wearing a face mask that had a Palestinian flag on it. Social media platforms were quick to react to the incident, with videos and images circulating widely. Fans expressed a mix of concern, amusement, and curiosity about the motivations behind the pitch invasion.

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Pitch invasions have been a longstanding concern in the world of sports, and this incident serves as a reminder of the potential risks involved. The intrusion not only disrupted the game but also raised questions about the vulnerability of high-profile sporting events to unexpected events.

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The security members chased the man and managed to remove him from Kohli and took him out of the match. According to reports, the local police have arrested the man for breach of security. The fan waltzed across the ground when Kohli was batting with KL Rahul after India lost three wickets within the first 11 overs. 

Israel has been carrying out aerial and ground assaults on Gaza in retaliation for the October 7 attack by Hamas terrorists. There has been widespread condemnation of the violence against the Palestinians, especially the civilians becoming casualties of the war between Israel and Hamas.

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