Polo match referee clashes with spectators in Jaipur

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 10:30 hrs

A polo match turned ugly as the referee clashed with spectators, after they stepped onto the field during a match at the Rajasthan Polo Club grounds here.

The incident took place during a polo match between an Army team of the 61st Cavalry and the Vodafone team.

In the incident, the referee, Colonel Navjeet Singh, atop a horse lashed out at the spectators after the audience members started hooting and entered the game premises after two successive fouls were awarded to a player.

Several spectators said they were upset with the decisions of the referee, who, they claimed, was awarding numerous fouls to favour the Cavalry team.

A spectator, Ragopal Sharma said such an incident had never been seen in the past.

"Two wrong fouls were awarded and then the public started hooting. They put horses over the public. It is the first time I have seen that in polo game horses have been used to threaten the public," said Sharma.

Defending the referee, Digivjay Singh, the Polo Club Secretary, said safety was the prime concern for the referee as the spectators had come out onto the polo grounds.

"He went to request the spectators as they were continuously entering the ground. We have also been announcing that. Since last four to five days, we have been requesting the spectators not to enter the ground," said Singh.

However, the spectators want an apology from the referee for his behaviour. (ANI)

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