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THE LORD'S THUGS; Eight in frame after can hit cricket star.


THESE are the eight men believed to be behind the cricket hooliganism at Lord's in which Aussie star Michael Bevan was hit in the face by a full can of beer.

It was the worst incident of a trouble-torn one-day series last month between England, Australia and Pakistan.

Batsman Bevan was struck on the cheekbone after the Australia-Pakistan final on June 23 as his team celebrated victory on the pavilion balcony, in front of a drink-fuelled crowd.

Police released the photographs yesterday after studying TV evidence. The eight are wanted in connection with public order offences. They all appear to be Asian and are aged 18-30.

Several wore Pakistan shirts and one had a Pakistan flag draped over his shoulders.

Scotland Yard said: "Police are keen to speak to anyone who may know these men or who has any information about the incident."

In an earlier match, steward Stephen Speight was injured during a pitch invasion at Headingley, Leeds, by hundreds of Pakistan fans. Mr Speight suffered two broken ribs and a damaged spleen.

Ten days before, the England and Wales Cricket Board had stepped up security following similar trouble during the match between Pakistan and England at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

The chaotic scenes during the series prompted Australian captain Steve Waugh to warn: "Someone will get killed." He led his team off at Nottingham after a firecracker landed on the pitch.

An inquiry has been set up to examine crowd control at major matches in England. It will report to Government ministers.


LINE-UP: The eight suspects Scotland Yard wants to trace after Aussie Michael Bevan was hit by a can after the cricket final at Lord's last month; TENSION: Police on guard at end of Lord's match
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 6, 2001
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