London: Lords" officials are facing the wrath of angry cricket supporters after their shark mascot was banned from the home of cricket.
The Sussex County Cricket Club have now set up an online petition to try to get their mascot, Sid the Shark, back.
The mascot had hoped to gather support for the club's Friends Provident Trophy final against Hampshire Hawks this weekend.
However, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), who owns the famous ground, refused to let it enter the ground, insisting the furry fish would not be in keeping with its traditional, conservative atmosphere.
"It was quite a surprise to hear that Lord''s would not let Sid in," Sky News quoted Dave Brooks, the club's chief executive as saying.
"He enjoys great support among all the Sussex fans at Hove, and it is clear they want to send a message to the authorities that this decision needs reversing," he addeed.
Clare Skinner, the MCC's media manager is adamant that Sid would not be allowed through the turnstiles.
"Lord''s has a no fancy dress policy in place for all matches and this applies to anyone entering the ground, including mascots," she said.