August 2, 2012
Sri Lankan cricket fans at the fourth One Day International (ODI) between India and Sri Lanka at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday had harassed some Indian fans and abused them after India won the match.
An Indian journalist tweeted saying that one Indian woman had beer cans thrown at her and that there was also a lot of jeering and booing at the Indian fans amidst a tight police presence.
The journalist also said that a fan of Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar who travels around the world with the Indian cricket team, was forced by Sri Lankans in the stands to wave the Sri Lankan flag and was later physically abused and had objects thrown at him.
According to the Indian journalist, the Indian fan said he never faced such harassment or treatment at any cricket series around the world.
“Even Bangladesh fans were cultured compared to the Sri Lankans,” the journalist quoted the Indian fan as saying.
The tweets on the behavior of the Sri Lankan cricket fans drew reactions from disappointed journalists and sportsmen from both Sri Lanka and India.
Among them was former Sri Lankan cricketer turned commentator Russel Arnold who tweeted saying he was shocked and hoped it was a one-off incident.
The Sri Lanka Cricket Board was reportedly aware of the incidents and was to take appropriate action.
India won the five match ODI series against Sri Lanka 3-1 with one game remaining, after winning the fourth match on Tuesday. (Colombo Gazette)