UK to probe Leicester unrest following India-Pakistan Asia Cup match in 2022


The United Kingdom government on Friday commissioned a independent review into communal clashes that rocked east Leicester in September 2022, following an India-Pakistan cricket match. 

The communal violence that took place in east Leicester saw twenty seven people get arrested. The clashes happened between fans following an India-Pakistan Asia Cup cricket match held on 28 August.

The violence took place on 28 August after India won the match against Pakistan in Asia Cup 2022, following which a fight broke out in Melton Road, Belgrave, leading to 27 arrests

On 19 September, the police further said that no further reports of disorder have been reported. They also told the locals to call on 101 to report such any incidents in East Leicester.

Notably, the match was taking place in Dubai. 

UK Communities Secretary Michael Gove has commissioned the review under the chairmanship of Lord Ian Austin, former Minister for Housing and Planning and former Minister for the West Midlands.

Austin will lead an independent panel of experts, to be appointed in due course, to work on understanding the origins of the unrest and explore how similar events can be prevented in the future, both in Leicester and elsewhere.

The Indian government had raised the issue diplomatically at the time after a temple in the city was among the sites vandalised in the clashes, which resulted in several arrests. 

The UK government said the review panel would establish the facts of what took place over the period of unrest and a sequence of events; present an analysis of the causes of the unrest; make practical recommendations for how similar events that may arise in future could be prevented; and set out proposals and ideas for strengthening social cohesion locally.

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Updated: 26 May 2023, 10:16 PM IST

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