Spectators throw shoes near players during IPL match in Chennai


Protesters burned merchandise and jostled with police outside a cricket stadium in Chennai on Tuesday, demanding Indian Premier League matches be cancelled as the southern city reels from a water crisis.

Hundreds of demonstrators, some wearing black T-shirts and waving black balloons, gathered near the venue shouting slogans ahead of and during the Chennai Super Kings´ match against Kolkata Knight Riders.

A group of spectators also threw a pair of shoes at the boundary in the MA Chidambaram Stadium, in the vicinity of Chennai Super Kings players, prompting the intervention of police. The incident happened in the eighth over of the game, after which police evicted the group of spectators from the ground and reportedly took them into custody.

The spectators in question, carrying flags not permitted inside the stadium, flung the shoes near Ravindra Jadeja, who was fielding at long-on, and Faf du Plessis, who was seen carrying drinks for team-mates.

Police tried to force protesters on to buses outside the stadium in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state, where the Kings are playing their first home match since a two-year ban for illegal gambling was lifted

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