As India clinched the SAFF Championship 2023 final for the record 9th time in a row, its defensive midfielder Jeakson Singh was spotted donning a multi-color Meiti flag over his jersey while he was receiving winners medal on Tuesday.
Notably, Singh hails from Manipur’s Thoubal district took this opportunity to make a call for peace in his state.
While he was widely criticized for his act over internet, Singh issue a clarification soon after and said that his act was not to hurt anyone’s sentiments.
“By celebrating in the flag, I did not want to hurt the sentiments of anyone. I intended to bring notice to the issues that my home state, Manipur, is facing currently,” Jeakson Singh tweeted.
The northeastern state is grappling with ethnic clashes from last two months and over 100 people have died in violence and arson in the state.