Fans run riot at Fatullah, 3 injured

Three children received minor injuries on Friday when crowd hustled into the Fatullah stadium to see the warm-up match between visiting South Africa and Bangladesh Cricket Board XI. The entry was free for the game which had prompted many local people to flock to the stadium in their hundreds to see World Cup semi-finalists South Africans in action against the second string Bangladeshi side.
The unexpected turn out left the ground authorities in distress as they were short in numbers to handle the situation.
Some unruly spectators uprooted the fence that separated the gallery from club house, an area which most of them had preferred because it had shed.
Earlier in the morning, the crowd tried to get into the ground toppling a wall of a gallery which left three minor boys injured having entangled barbed wire placed above it.
BCB’s security committee member secretary Mohammad Ali blamed the decision of making the entry free responsible for the mishap.
‘If we had issued tickets it would not have happened,’ Ali told reporters at Fatullah.
‘We could do nothing as there were no were tickets. However, when we saw the house was getting full we closed the door, otherwise it would have been a major disaster,’ he said.
The three injured boys were given treatment as the stadium medical box.

-With New Age input

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