IPL 8: KKR cricketer allegedly holds RCB player 'by the collar', match referee denies complaint of scuffle

PTI
Published Apr 14, 2015, 2:22 pm IST
Updated Mar 29, 2019, 11:21 am IST
The incident took place after the game on Saturday
Although match referee Srinath denied any complaint, reports have emerged of a scuffle between Royal Challengers Bangalore's Sarfaraz Khan and Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Robin Uthappa post the game at Eden Gardens, (Photo: BCCI/DC)
 Although match referee Srinath denied any complaint, reports have emerged of a scuffle between Royal Challengers Bangalore's Sarfaraz Khan and Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Robin Uthappa post the game at Eden Gardens, (Photo: BCCI/DC)

Kolkata: IPL match referee Javagal Srinath on Monday denied receiving any complaint from Royal Challengers Bangalore after reports emerged of a scuffle between their player Sarfaraz Khan and Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Robin Uthappa post the game at Eden Gardens, here on Saturday.

"Nothing of that sort has happened... I've not received any complaint," Srinath, who was the Match Referee of the KKR-RCB clash, said.  

 

A Kolkata Knight Riders official also rubbished the reports and said: "We've not heard anything about it."

According to reports, KKR opener Uthappa, who had scores of 35 and 9 in two matches, allegedly had an altercation with the 17-year-old RCB recruit from Mumbai and went on to the extent of "holding him by the collar".

The incident is said to have happened behind the sight screen as RCB's A B de Villiers and Ashok Dinda rushed to the rescue of their fellow player.

Later at night, Srinath reportedly summoned Uthappa and KKR CEO Venky Mysore. RCB's de Villiers also attended the meeting.

 

It is not clear who provoked him before the fight, but it is learnt that Uthappa has sought an apology for the incident. Srinath denied any knowledge of this.

This is not the first time when players from these two sides have been involved in a fight. During IPL 2013, Kolkata Knight Riders' skipper Gautam Gambhir and his Royal Challengers Bangalore counterpart, Virat Kohli, had a nasty altercation on the field.

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