WC 2003 - 3 minor brawls reported during India-Pakistan match

Published: Sunday, December 22, 2002, 1:36 [IST]
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Johannesburg: Three minor incidents of crowd violence were reported during the match between India and Pakistan last Saturday but they were swiftly brought under control, the World Cup organising committee said on Wednesday.

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"Three minor scuffles, each lasting about 30 seconds, were reported during the India-Pakistan match at Supersport Park, Centurion. They were quickly stifled and six people ejected from the ground," World Cup executive director Ali Bacher told a press conference on Wednesday.Both Indians and Pakistanis had turned up in large numbers for the high-voltage match between the traditional rivals. India had won by six wickets.

Bacher said these were the "worst crowd incidents" in the World Cup till now. The CEO commended the South African police for not allowing matters to go out of hand in any match. "No one has been injured at any game, there has been no pitch invasions and no attacks on the players," he said. PTI

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