September 1, 2011

India in England, 2011

Bumble's Old Trafford rumble

Andrew Miller

The former England coach and Lancashire legend, David Lloyd, suffered the indignity of being evicted from the members’ bar at Old Trafford prior to the start of England’s Twenty20 against India on Wednesday, because he was mistakenly believed to be carrying the wrong accreditation.

Lloyd, who played for Lancashire for 19 seasons and is a life member of the club, had been browsing old team photos when he was reportedly manhandled by two stewards who told him he had “two minutes” to leave the room.

'I'm absolutely flipping livid,' Lloyd told The Daily Mail. 'I'm a life member and ex-captain of the club. I pointed out I was just looking at a few photos, and mentioned that I was in most of them. They asked me whether I was refusing to leave, and when I said I was going nowhere, two of them grabbed me by the arms. I said, "We're in a stalemate here, because I'm not moving".”

Lancashire's venue events manager Richard Mulcaster said: “We unreservedly apologise. The stewards involved were not following the correct procedure and have been informed as much.”

The incident follows a similar case of poor identification at The Oval during the fourth Test against India, when Surrey’s former captain Alec Stewart, who even has a gate named after him at the venue, was refused access to a hospitality box.

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