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Shah Rukh Khan banned from Wankhede for five years


May 18, 2012 - Mumbai

Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) President Vilasrao Deshmukh on Friday announced that Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan has been banned from entering the Wankhede Stadium for five years following his scuffle with MCA officials on Wednesday night.

"MCA is forced to ban Shah Rukh Khan from entering Wankhede Stadium for five years. The rules apply to all, no one is above them," Deshmukh told media here.

"Our decision to ban Shah Rukh Khan was unanimous. There was a proposal of lifetime ban, but we want to send a message that this is not how one should behave. We have informed BCCI about the ban, but since this property belongs to MCA, we have decided on the ban," he added.

He said over 50 percent MCA officials were present at the time of brawl so there was no point in forming an interim committee to look into the incident.

Replying to allegations by the actor that his daughter was manhandled by MCA officials, Deshmukh said: "We have not received any complaint from him yet. He is unapologetic and justified his actions."

Khan had earlier said that he was provoked after security guards touched a group of children he was accompanying, which included his daughter.

"I was being bullied. They were very aggressive. I got very angry when they pushed little girls. Manhandling kids is not pardonable. Their behavior was completely rude. I will not deny the fact that I was not abusive," he added.

Khan further said both he and his team follow a sportsmanship spirit

He also rubbished reports that he was drunk after the match that took place between his team the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Mumbai Indians.

"I was very angry, but I was not drunk. They should apologise to me. They were abusive. They shouldn't have spoken to me like that. They manhandled children in the name of security. What are the kids going to do? They should know how to behave with the children," said Khan.

The scuffle happened on Wednesday night when the actor and his entourage were stopped from going on to the ground after the match, which the Kolkata Knight Riders won.

ANI

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