Sydney Cricket Ground has become a fight club with a client banned from the iconic venue for his part in the savage brawl.
On Friday afternoon, footage was released of a group of men fighting on the second floor of the MA Noble Stand at the north end of the stadium. The incident was seen by News Corp reporters at the venue’s media center, while video of the altercation also circulated on social media platforms.
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A spokesperson for SCG confirmed news.com.au that a client was evicted from the place and received a two-year stay ban.
NSW Police said on Sunday news.com.au that a 37-year-old man was convicted of “offensive conduct”.
Earlier on Friday, spectators near the members’ booth were caught on camera throwing name names at England cricketers Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes as they returned to the changing rooms over tea break.
“Looks like someone maybe said something to Ben Stokes which I wouldn’t recommend,” Fox Cricket commentator Mark Howard said.
“Stokes just makes it look dead, and I imagine this character has run away somewhere. No harm done though.
SCG security staff asked three customers to leave the area after the incident, and they agreed.
Bairstow addressed the incident at the post-match press conference, telling reporters it is important for players to defend themselves under such circumstances.
âIt was a bit of meanness from the crowd,â he explained. âObviously, it’s not the best, and it doesn’t have to be.
âWe are trying to do our job. People are enjoying the cricket of the day and unfortunately there are sometimes people who go above the mark.
“I think it’s important to defend yourselfâ¦ especially when people go past the mark, you have to tell them.”