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Crowd abuses England players

A rowdy crowd at the Wankhede jeered English players using abusive language.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2006 16:11 IST

A rowdy crowd at the packed Wankhede Stadium jeered English players on Monday throughout the day's proceedings using abusive language.

Those at that particular section of the North Stand were mainly targeting the English players.

When the situation seemed to go out of control, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) officials requested the crowd in Marathi to cut out on the abusive language. But it had little effect and they continued shouting and jeering.

One of the slogans, aimed at pacer Matthew Hoggard and that could be written about, was 'Hoggie is a Doggie'.

A selector- a regular at the Wankhede Stadium- said people in that particular section have always been shouting provocative slogans.

"Even during the Mumbai-Bengal Ranji Trophy match last year, that section was very abusive of the players," he recalled.

However, apart from requests on the public address system, no action is planned to stop them from mouthing whatever they like.

First Published: Mar 21, 2006 13:30 IST