SAFF Championship 2023: India, Pakistan football players break into fight during match

The fight erupted during the first of the match when India manager Igor Štimac attempted to grab the ball from a Pakistan Player, Abdullah Iqbal.

SAFF Championship 2023: India, Pakistan football players break into fight during match
SAFF Championship 2023: India, Pakistan football players break into fight during match
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India and Pakistan football players broke into a fight during the match of the SAFF Championship 2023, played at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru.

The fight erupted during the first of the match when India manager Igor Štimac attempted to grab the ball from a Pakistan Player, Abdullah Iqbal.

India coach Igor Štimac interrupted Pakistan’s Abdullah Iqbal from taking a quick throw-in. The referee red cards the Indian manager, and hands yellow cards to India’s Sandesh Jhingan and Pakistan’s Rahis Nabi for their role in the fracas. While Pakistan Manager Shahzad Anwar also received a yellow card.

Indian men’s football team begins their title defence of the SAFF Championship 2023 campaign with a game against Pakistan, where India is leading by 2-0.

This is the first football match between India and Pakistan since September 2018. On that day five years ago, India defeated the neighbours 3-1 in the semifinal of the SAFF tournament. After today’s game, India will take on Nepal on June 24, and Kuwait on June 27. Pakistan, meanwhile, are scheduled to face Kuwait on June 24 and Nepal on June 27 after today’s game.