Man who invaded ICC World Cup final venue sent under daily police surveillance ReadingS


According to the FIR, Johnson, who entered the stadium as a spectator, first jumped over the railings, pushed aside the on-duty police officers, and then ran towards the field to hug Kohli. When asked why he did what he did, he told the police that he was a big fan of Kohli and said that around 15 policemen were guarding ‘point R-88’ of the stadium from where he jumped the fence, the FIR said.

Johnson wore a face mask patterned with the Palestinian flag and a T-shirt that read “Stop bombing Palestine” and “Liberate Palestine” on the front and back.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) does not allow chanting of any political slogans during events organized by cricket’s global governing body.

Police inspector Viraj Jadeja said on Sunday that a preliminary investigation revealed that Johnson was a “habitual criminal” who had been punished in his home country for occupying sports grounds in the past. “Johnson told us that he was a fan of Virat Kohli and wanted to meet him during the match. He wore the pro-Palestinian t-shirt just for that reason. Otherwise, his real aim was to meet Kohli,” the official said. .

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