Mumbai: The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on Friday banned IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders' co-owner and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan from entering the Wankhede Stadium for five years, following his spat with the MCA officials after an IPL match on Wednesday night.
The MCA met on Friday morning and announced their decision in a press conference held by their president and former Mumbai Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh. "We ban SRK from entering [the] Wankhede [Stadium] for a period of 5 years. He cannot enter the stadium; it's a unanimous decision. There was a proposal of a life-time ban, but we want to send a message that this is not how one should behave. Nobody can support such behaviour, be it BCCI, IPL, MCA," the MCA president said.
On being asked whether there is any truth in Shah Rukh's allegations that his kids were manhandled by the security, Deshmukh said, "We have no such complaint from him. He can also file a police complaint like we did. More than 50 per cent of MCA officials were present at the time of the incident."
The MCA chief also clarified that they consulted the BCCI on the issue and have intimated their decision to the Indian board in writing. "We have consulted the BCCI on this. We have written to them on what we have decided. This is an MCA property; BCCI and IPL officials were also present there. Rules are the same for all," he said.
Responding to MCA's decision, parliamentarian and IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla sounded in disagreement and said as the country's apex cricket body, the BCCI reserves the rights to take a final decision. "Anybody can take any decision. Final decision can only be taken by the BCCI," Shukla responded.
The actor was involved in a verbal spat with the MCA officials on Wednesday night following his team’s victory against the hosts Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede. Shah Rukh allegedly abused and shoved a security guard at the stadium. This after his entourage, which included several children sporting KKR team jerseys, was stopped from stepping onto the field.
The police filed a non-cognisable offence against the actor on Thursday, while Shah Rukh insisted that he was provoked first. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Iqbal Shaikh had said on Thursday that the actor was under the influence of alcohol and used foul language against the MCA officials and the security personnel. "We could smell alcohol on him, and he was abusive. I tried to drive him away," the ACP said.
Shah Rukh countered the claims saying, "I was there to protect my children. The security guards were the ones who were aggressive. I saw these guards touching girls not older than 13; I told them to stop." The actor claimed he was left with little choice. "Of course, I was abusive. What could I have done! I would do it again. It has become fashionable for officials to throw their weight if they see a celebrity," Shah Rukh said.