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Sri Lanka cricketer Sangakkara alleges racism at London airport

Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara took to micro-blogging site Twitter to allege a ‘discourteous’ immigration experience at a London airport, hinting at racial discrimination behind the rough treatment meted out to him.

cricket Updated: May 12, 2015 12:09 IST
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Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara took to micro-blogging site Twitter to allege a ‘discourteous’ immigration experience at a London airport, hinting at racial discrimination behind the rough treatment meted out to him.

The details of the incident or the airport were not shared by the cricketer who arrived in the UK to play for county side Surrey.

Sangakkara wrote on Twitter that though he had been travelling to the country for the last 15 years, this was the first time that he experienced such rude behavior from officials.

“Back in London last night. Had a horrendous experience with a rude, patronising and extremely discourteous UK immigration officer,” tweeted the cricketer.

Hinting at racial discrimination the cricketer wrote, “No matter colour, religion or fame every well intentioned traveler deserves courtesy.”

From the series of tweets, it’s clear that the batsman was offended by the ill-mannered officials.

“I understand the need for vigilance completely but common courtesy and manners is not too much to ask for.”

Sangakkara, however, said that apart from one rude official, the rest were polite.

"Luckily the rest of the UK immigration officers were lovely," Sangakkara tweeted.

The Lankan batsman and former captain of the national team is considered one of the best players of the game. He retired from ODI and T20 format of the game earlier this year and according to latest reports he is expected to retire from Tests in August this year.

The incident comes days after Pakistan Cricket Board chief was detained by immigration officials at the Kolkata airport citing laws restricting the travel of Pakistani nationals.

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