Cuttack incident will only make things worse for fans


At the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, on Monday, when water bottles were being thrown from the stands, Sunil Gavaskar made a very valid point. The security forces were just standing and watching the whole thing. And you can see why, for they were perhaps wondering how to wade through the packed stands and fight the menace.

The contrast with the conditions in stadia overseas is remarkable. The security personnel are always patrolling the staircases and aisles. As a rule, these areas must be kept vacant at all times. Ushers/volunteers do not allow people to stand in these spots and move them on at all times. It helps remove the odd joker, who gets drunk and wants to misbehave with the crowd, or even the players.