Currently, some of Bangladesh’s websites, including one of the government, are still controlled by Indian hackers. And the Bangladesh government has not responded to this incident yet.
At least the Indian cricket fans are still kind compared to a match that sparked a war in Central America. It was the football war between El Salvador and Honduras in 1969, also known as the “100-hour War”.
Knowing the deep roots of tensions stems from issues such as immigration, trade and land disputes at the border, but the teardrop spilled only after three matches in the World Cup qualifiers in 1969.
The first match – Honduras won 1-0 – at Tegucigalpa saw the first problems but things only got worse in the second match in San Salvador. The Honduran visitors, according to Ryszard Kapuscinski’s 1978 Wojna Futbolowa, had a sleepless night before the match when rotten eggs, dead rats and rags were thrown into their hotels. Meanwhile, Honduran fans were brutally treated during the match, the national flag and national anthem of ridicule.
And tensions continued to escalate ahead of the decisive third match in Mexico. June 27, the day of the play-off match – Honduras severed diplomatic relations with its neighbor. El Salvador eventually won 3-2 in extra time and won tickets to the 1970 World Cup (they lost all three matches in the group stage and failed to score a goal). On July 14, El Salvador attacked Honduras.
When the Organization of American States (OAS) negotiated a ceasefire on July 20, approximately 1,000-2,000 people were killed and more than 100,000 were evacuated. The El Salvador army retreated in August but 11 years later, a peace treaty between the two countries was signed. El Salvador then experienced a civil war that lasted from 1980 to 1992 when the International Court of Justice returned most of the controversial land to Honduras.
On the positive side, two years before the “100-hour war”, football also stopped another war, albeit temporarily. It was 1967 when the opposing sides of the Biafran War (Nigeria’s Civil War) had a two-day ceasefire in September so they could watch Pele and the Santos team have two friendly matches here.