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Mumbai Police warn fans to behave

| October 18, 2007, 9:16 PM IST

Mumbai: India won the final One-Dayer of the seven-match series at the Wankhede in Mumbai on Wednesday but the victory was overshadowed by a section of the crowd racially abusing Andrew Symonds.

An Australian cameraman caught some people making obscene gestures at the Australian players during the last One-day of the series. The Mumbai Police arrested four people including a woman and charged them with insulting and indecent behaviour in public.

"An entry to a match is a conditional entry. It is a conditional entry to a premise. One cannot go and behave riotously there. It is not a license to misbehave," Mumbai Police DCP (Zone 1) Brijesh Singh said.

And the police are already preparing for the match on Saturday.

To begin with CCTV cameras will keep a close eye on possible miscreants and all the footage will be tracked. Plainclothes policemen will mix with the crowds to watch out for trouble makers.

Police officials also said that if don't catch hold of the miscreants inside the stadium, then they're willing to track them down.

But fans aren't too happy with the fact that placards making fun of players may soon be banned and are pointing fingers at the Australians.

"When South Africa go to Australia they are given the same treatment. They are teased. Australians should be given the same treatment," a young fan said.

"It's a part of the game and it happens in Australia also. Nobody should bother about it," another fan added.

While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President has come out in defence of the fans by saying, ''I believe this is a misunderstanding; a language issue. There are many languages spoken in India, and I don't understand many of them myself.''

And BCCI officials say it's very difficult to police a crowd.

"The crowd is so much that you can only persuade them," BCCI Vice- President Lalit Modi said.

With the Indians set to tour Down Under at the end of the year, it remains to be seen how Australian crowds will react to pictures of their players being abused by the Indian fans.

(inputs from Karn Kowshik, Roma Khanna and Arun Gopalakrishnan)

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