Po­lice fire tear­gas at SL cricket fans

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DAM­BULLA — Sri Lankan po­lice fired tear­gas to dis­perse hun­dreds of fans try­ing to force their way into a sta­dium where the home team were play­ing their fourth one-day in­ter­na­tional against Aus­tralia yes­ter­day.

About 300 fans tried to force their way into the 18 000-ca­pac­ity Dam­bulla sta­dium after the au­thor­i­ties an­nounced that all tick­ets had been sold and asked any­one with­out tick­ets to leave the area, a po­lice of­fi­cial said.

“We asked them to go, but they tried to break in while some blocked the main road by sit­ting down,” said a po­lice of­fi­cial in Dam­bulla, around 150 kilo­me­tres (90 miles) north of Colombo.

“The sit­u­a­tion was quickly brought un­der con­trol,” added the of­fi­cial who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity as he was not au­tho­rised to speak to the me­dia. There were no im­me­di­ate re­ports of ca­su­al­ties.

There were also chaotic scenes dur­ing the third ODI at the same venue on Sun­day when fans with­out tick­ets broke through bar­ri­cades and en­tered the sta­dium en masse, dis­lodg­ing thou­sands of ticket-hold­ers from their seats.

Sri Lankans are cricket-crazy, but in­ter­est in the game has soared to new heights since An­gelo Mathews and his team recorded a his­toric white­wash in their re­cent three-match Test se­ries against Aus­tralia. — AFP.

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