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Wankhede brawl
MCA imposes 5-yr ban on SRK
IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla says BCCI to take a final call

Mumbai, May 18
Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was today banned by Mumbai Cricket Association for five years from entering the Wankhede Stadium for misbehaving with its officials in an IPL match here.

Khan, who was alleged by the MCA to have manhandled a security guard of the Association besides hurling choices abuses on its officials after the IPL game on May 16 between KKR and Mumbai Indians, was threatened with a life ban by some officials before the managing committee toned it down to a five-year period.

The decision to debar Khan was taken by the MCA's managing committee at its emergency sitting chaired by its president Vilasrao Deshmukh.

"The Managing Committee of the MCA at its meeting today has condemned the behaviour of Shah Rukh Khan, who without any provocation hurled abuses at MCA officials and manhandled the security guard in the presence of BCCI-IPL officials," Deshmukh said.

"Shah Rukh had no regrets for his action and misbehaviour. He, in fact, has justified his action of manhandling the security guard and abusing and threatening MCA officials. The Managing Committee is forced to ban Shah Rukh Khan from entering the Wankhede Stadium for a period of five years," said Deshmukh in a statement before answering the questions.

Asked whether there would be any change in the MCA's stand if Khan apologises later, Deshmukh said the question did not arise.

"The ban is a message to every one that if anyone behaves like that action will be taken," said Deshmukh, adding that more than 50 per cent of the members in the MCA managing committee were present when the unsavoury incident took place on Wednesday night.

The MCA president said the cricket board had been informed of the incident, a fact corroborated by BCCI's CAO Prof Ratnakar Shetty, who was present at the conference as one of the vice-presidents of the MCA. — PTI

B-Town backs shah rukh

B-town took to Twitter to share their thoughts.

Anurag Basu: SRK's behaviour is completely justified, I'd have smashed their heads if it was my daughter.

Ronit Roy: I've got first hand reports of the fracas with@iamsrk. His daughter was touched and shoved. He protected. Well done Dad!! At Wankhede, SRK was a father, not just an actor... Please don't expect a father to apologise for protecting his baby.. Satyamev Jayate.

Karan Johar: SRK is one of the best fathers i know....and protective about every child...he was being just that....a protective parent!!! Why blame a man who was just reacting as a father....who wouldn’t have done the same in his place???

Celina Jaitly: Speaking even as a new mother of twins, when it comes to one's children a parent will go to any length to protect them, SRK is a good dad. When it comes to my children i would go to any lengths to protect them , he was being a dad at that moment ..are stars not human? — IANS 

Spat unfortunate, says farooq

Terming as "unfortunate" the spat between Shah Rukh Khan and Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) officials, Union Minister Farooq Abdullah advised the Bollywood superstar to be a "little calmer". — PTI

Lalu blames political parties

On the Shah Rukh Khan episode, RJD Chief Lalu Yadav alleged that the policemen present when the scuffle broke out between the Bollywood star and MCA officials, were working at the behest of certain political parties. — PTI

Sad development: khurshid

"These are very sad developments in our society. Clashes between citizens and authorities are always very sad things," Law Minister Salman Khurshid told reporters. — PTI

Mamata stands by the superstar

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said Shah Rukh is Bengal’s ambassador for image building and has been an asset to the country like cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. “We all love and respect them. For a small offence, if they are criticised, harassed and punished, it will be a matter of regret.” — TNS





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