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Indian spectator barred from entering Bay Oval after swearing at commentator
Abusing Incident

Indian spectator barred from entering Bay Oval after swearing at commentator

A fan, reportedly of Indian descent, has been banned from entering the Bay Oval for the rest of the home season after verbally abusing a commentator following the fifth T20I between New Zealand and India.

The 24-year-old man had been given a pre-charge warning and was evicted from the stadium for launching an offensive tirade at a commentator, who has not been named.

The spectator sneaked into the ground to get an autograph from an Indian commentator but started abusing him when the latter declined the fan's request.

The culprit was escorted by the security team alongside his accomplice to avoid the unsavoury incident spiralling out of control.

One of the two men managed to return to the stadium to continue his verbal tirade at the commentator prompting the intervention of the police.

The police confirmed to that the man was arrested for trespassing 10:20 pm local time, following which the decision has been taken to impose the ban.

Last month, a fan was barred by New Zealand Cricket from attending matches for two years after he was found guilty of racially abusing England's Jofra Archer during the Mount Maunganui Test in November.

The person in that incident was given a verbal warning and threatened further action if he committed a breach.

Despite the Indian fan's indecent behaviour on Sunday, his actions will be considered in a less serious category than the racist abuse involved in Archer's case.

NZC's public affairs manager Richard Boock maintained the board was dedicated to regulating discipline at its cricketing venues and was looking at possible punishments for the unruly fan.

“At the moment, as far as his future entry to arenas for the rest of the home international summer, any booking he has made has been blocked while we’re assessing what went on and deciding what should happen,” he said.