Shahid Afridi punches fan at Karachi airport
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi attacked a fan at the Karachi airport soon after his arrival from Dhaka after winning the Asia Cup title.
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi attacked a fan at the Karachi airport soon after his arrival from Dhaka after winning the Asia Cup title
Geo News and other channels flashed footages of an angry Afridi attacking a fan and pushing him to the ground.
According to reports, the 32-year-old allegedly punched a fan after an unruly crowd jostled his three-year-old daughter at the airport here on Friday. But another report said that the fan who was badly roughed up had pestered Afridi for an autograph.
Afridi is believed to have punched a person at the Karachi airport
after an unruly crowd jostled his three-year-old daughter. File Pic/AFP
Afridi dressed in a pinkish T-shirt also tried to kick the fan before his brother Mushtaq got in the way and prevented the situation from getting out of hand.
Afridi was also seen scolding another fan and threatening to slap him before he got into the waiting car.
A large number of cricket fans had gathered to welcome their Pakistani team after winning the Asia Cup title.
A crowd of fans who were trying to get Afridi's autograph pushed his daughter and she fell to the ground, the cricketer's brother told the media.
Later, Afridi admitted that what he did at the airport was wrong but he couldn't take it when his daughter was pushed to the ground.
"I know what I did was wrong. I should have controlled myself. But I couldn't take it when my daughter was pushed to the ground," Afridi told Dawn News channel.
"But when my daughter who was waiting for me near my car got pushed by fans trying to get near me I lost my temper," he said.
Shahid's brother said that the man involved in the incident was not a fan. "I wouldn't describe him as a fan. Shahid can never think of hurting a fan," he said.
"Afridi's reaction was natural as dozens of fans circled him and hurt his daughter. I still love him and he is just like my brother," fan Gul Rehman, who was hit several times by the all-rounder, later told media.
"There was no security for players and its usual that fans come and seek autographs but this time they were out of control and hurt my daughter on which I lost my temper," Afridi told reporters.
Afridi and teammates Younis Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Hafeez returned home late Friday after Pakistan's two-run win against Bangladesh on Thursday which earned Pakistan its second Asia Cup title.
Afridi was declared man-of-the-match for his fiery 32 in Pakistan's 236 and took one wicket in Bangladesh's innings.
Captain Misbah-ul Haq and other players were due to return Lahore early Saturday.