Four pro-Khalistani youths shouting slogans and wearing T-shirts sporting political messages were removed from the Old Trafford Stadium while India-New Zealand first semi-final cricket match in the 2019 World Cup was underway.
It is understood that India had informed international cricketing body about anti-India sloganeering during cricket matches. The ICC, in a statement, said: “We can confirm a small group of fans were asked to leave Old Trafford during the first innings for breaching the ticketing terms and conditions by undertaking a political protest. We do not condone any sort of political messages at the World Cup and initially asked the group to stop the protest so they could remain in venue, when they refused they were asked to leave. We work with venue security and local police forces around the country to prevent this type of protest occurring and will continue to do so.”
The cricketing body said it won’t allow its venues to be misused for political purposes. In fact, this isn’t the first time that the ongoing tournament has been used to propagate political messages. There were slogans like “Justice for Kashmir” were being played out during world cup matches.