London: Reacting angrily to the match-fixing allegations, fans greeted the Pakistan cricket team with boos, jeers and pelted the team bus with rotten tomatoes as they used the stadium’s back gate after crashing to a humiliating defeat by England.
Cricket agent Mazhar Majeed was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers over an alleged betting scam involving the Pakistan national team.
‘The News of the World’ claimed that it paid Majeed for advance details of when three no balls would be played in the latest Lord’s Test, which England won.
Police also questioned three Pakistan players over the alleged scam and detectives confiscated mobile phones of Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Pakistan’s captain Salman Butt.
Pakistan supporters also branded players at the centre of the allegations a ‘disgrace’, the ‘Daily Express’ reports.
Khushi Muhammad from Kent said he felt ‘shame’ and ‘disappointment’. “It is a disgrace for the country and for the game. Amir is very talented. If the allegations are true it was not a wise move on his part,” he added.
Faisal Ahmed, 31, an NHS practice manager, from Hampstead, said: “I have been following the cricket team all over the UK. It is an absolute disgrace. I came here to support this team and they have been cheating.”
“Anyone who took money should be taken off the team immediately and never allowed to play again. It needs to be looked at from the management down. Amir’s foot was so far over the line it is embarrassing and shameful,” he said.