In the midst of fan frenzy that surrounds the quadrennial FIFA World Cup, a fight erupted in Kerala's Kollam after fans of Argentina and Brazil got into a scuffle - allegedly over an unidentified video clip. The incident happened in the district's Sakthikulangara area.
A video of the incident is doing the rounds on social media platforms. The video displays a group of men - some wearing football jerseys - fighting with sticks and flagpoles bearing the two South American nations' flags.
As the fight escalates, more fans - also wearing football jerseys - can be seen driving past. And, after the fight goes on for a minute, locals can be seen trying to calm the situation.
A case has been filed at the Sakthikulangara Police Station under Section 160 of the Indian Penal Code - disrupting peace in a public space – based on the video of the brawl.
#Kerala: Videos've surfaced a day after football fans, mostly 🇧🇷🇦🇷 supporters, fought during a #QatarWorldCup2022 rally in Kollam district's #Sakthikulangara. The police have reportedly registered a case after the video revealed the intensity of the incident. #FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/eoaTj8vo1Q— Bechu.S (@bechu_s) November 21, 2022
According to a report, a group of 17 fans - residents of Mundakkamugal village pooled funds and bought a house for Rs 23 lakh - just to watch matches together!
In the meantime, in Kannur, a man was taken into police custody for allegedly tearing down the national flag of Portugal that had been raised at a roadside junction.
A video of the man destroying the flag went viral on social media. Some reports even claimed that the man - allegedly a BJP supporter - mistook the flag as that of the Social Democratic Party of India.
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