October 21, 2008

Police get shirty over Aussie fans

Brydon Coverdale

It’s not just Australia’s cricketers who are having a tough time of it in Mohali, where some travelling fans have also found themselves in a spot of bother. PTI has reported that a group of Australian spectators was hauled away by police for wearing t-shirts with offensive slogans.

"The slogans written were 'Beer with Mahatma, Bets with Gupta, Dancing with Indira and still getting runs',” a police officer told PTI. "We took strong objection to it and summoned them ... they apologised before us, saying their intention was not to hurt anyone's sentiments. We let them off with a warning and sent them to their hotel to get their dresses changed.”

One of the group told the Times of India they had not intended to cause any trouble. "All was harmless fun,” the spectator said. “We are on a tour to enjoy India, its culture, its people and cricket. So if we have offended anybody we apologise, but it was not intentional.”

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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