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Akshay Kumar clarifies on a ‘blunder’ he committed at Lord’s, cricket’s Mecca

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, who was criticised for holding the national flag upside down during India’s ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup final match against England at Lord’s, had apologised earlier for “violating the code of conduct for tricolour”.

cricket Updated: Jul 28, 2017 18:18 IST
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Akshay Kumar in the controversial image, where he is seen holding the India flag upside down, cheering for the Indian women’s cricket team during their ICC women’s World Cup final against England cricket team at Lord’s in London.(HT Photo)

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar has provided details of the incident which resulted in him being trolled online for disrespecting the national flag.

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Akshay, who turned up at Lord’s during last Sunday’s ICC Women’s World Cup final between India and England cricket teams, was seen holding the Indian flag upside down during the match. The 49-year-old, who was recently honoured with the National Film Award for Best Actor, was censured on social media for disrespecting the Indian flag.

Akshay had taken to Twitter to apologise for his mistake.

Recently, during a press conference in Mumbai promoting his latest movie, Akshay apologised once again.

“I was unfurling the flag at that time and it was upside down. I was trying to steady it and hold it right but someone from behind clicked the photo,” he was quoted as saying by the Indian Express. “I didn’t even realise. If you watch it on television, you will see I am holding it right. Still, if I have hurt someone’s sentiments, I apologise to them.”

Below is Akshay’s picture with the flag that was tweeted extensively:

First Published: Jul 28, 2017 13:42 IST