Two airplane bearing political messages, “Justice for Kashmir” and “India stop genocide and free Kashmir”, were flown over the Headingley stadium at Leeds during India’s World Cup match against Sri Lanka on Saturday.
The first message appeared during the third over of the Sri Lankan innings, while the stronger “India Stop Genocide and Free Kashmir”, was flown over the stadium when the 17th over was in progress.
— Reuters (@Reuters) July 6, 2019
This is the second time plans have been used to flag political messages this world cup. The last instance was at the same stadium on June 29 during a Pakistan-Afghanistan match when a plane flew by with the banners “Justice for Balochistan” and “Help End Enforced Disappearances in Pakistan”.
Soon after the flight carrying these political message during the Pakistan and Afghanistan game flew a scuffle broke open among fans. Leeds air traffic control said they would investigate the matter.
This is spectacular. Baloch who are fighting Pakistan’s forceful occupation of their country, Balochistan, manage to fly a plane carrying “Justice for Balochistan” in England’s airspace where Pakistan and Afghanistan teams were playing cricket yesterday.pic.twitter.com/Lo8rnM60xq
— Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) June 30, 2019
Political sloganeering is prohibited at international sporting events and the instances are a bit of an embarrassment for the world cricketing body, International Cricket Council.
Source : Various