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article imageICC WC: Anger and chaos in ticket queue for England v India clash

By Kev Hedges     Feb 24, 2011 in Sports
Bangalore - Anger and chaos has descended among a long queue formed at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore, India. Some of the 10,000 fans wanting tickets for Sunday's Cricket World Cup clash between England and India have been caught up in clashes with the police.
Most of the cricket-mad fans have been waiting since Wednesday night to get one of the 8,000 available tickets. But the shortage of tickets allocated at the 40,000-seater stadium has caused fury among those desperate to watch the host nation face the old Imperial enemy.
Tickets went on sale early this morning but disorderly queues had begun forming the night before with Indian police officers hitting several fans on their backs and legs. At least two fans have been admitted to hospital with injuries while police battle to control overzealous ticket hunters, reports BBC Sport.
Eden Garden Cricket Ground  where England v India was supposed to be staged until the ICC deemed it ...
Eden Garden Cricket Ground, where England v India was supposed to be staged until the ICC deemed it unfit to host Sunday's clash
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The last-minute venue change to Bangalore has angered many English fans who had purchased tickets for the match when it was due to take place at Kolkata's spectacular stadium, Eden Gardens. However this venue would not be ready in time following recent renovation. Bangalore is 1,200 miles away from Kolkata and many England fans had already bought tickets, booked flights and accommodation, expecting to watch the game at the iconic Eden Gardens stadium.
Paul Burnham is an avid follower of England cricket, and a founder member of the devoted Barmy Army supporters movement, who follow England's cricketers to all four corners of the globe said: "People are absolutely fuming, they'd bought tickets, booked flights and accommodation and now it has been pulled last minute."
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