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Pitch intruder in IND vs AUS final world Cup 2023

Indian batter Virat Kohli and a pitch invader during the ICC Men’’s Cricket World Cup 2023 final between India and Australia, at the Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023. Photo: PTI


A court in Gandhinagar in Gujarat on Tuesday granted bail to an Australian, arrested for intruding on the pitch during the ICC World Cup cricket final wearing a pro-Palestine T-shirt.


A day earlier, the accused, Wen Johnson, was remanded in police custody for a day by the court.


Johnson was produced before the court on Tuesday evening which released him on bail on conditions that he would cooperate in the probe and deposit his passport with the court, said a senior city crime branch official.


Johnson was arrested by the police on charges of criminal trespass and causing hurt to deter public servants from doing their duty.


The investigation was handed over to the city crime branch on Monday which took Johnson’s custody from the police and produced him before the court in Gandhinagar to seek his remand for further investigation.


As per the FIR, Johnson entered the stadium as a common spectator. He jumped the railing and then ran towards the pitch after pushing aside policemen in his desperate attempt to hug Kohli.


Johnson told police that he entered the ground as he is a big fan of Virat Kohli, the FIR stated.


He wore a face mask bearing the design of a Palestine flag and a T-shirt with slogans- ‘Stop bombing Palestine’ and ‘Save Palestine’- written on the front and back sides, respectively.


A preliminary probe has revealed that Johnson is a habitual offender and was booked in his country for invading sports fields in the past.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Nov 22 2023 | 8:47 AM IST


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