Friday 23 August 2019

Fans condemned as 'sick messages' about Madeleine McCann and Josef Fritzl appear on stadium screen during match

The messages appeared on screen during India's win over England
The messages appeared on screen during India's win over England

A string of "sick" messages which appeared on the interactive big screen during England's fourth-Test defeat against India have drawn condemnation.

Supporters have been invited throughout the series, won by India after they went 3-0 up with one to play, to text in their personal messages to be shown to the crowds inside the stadium.

Most contained words of encouragement for each team, the majority from India, but a series of bizarre and increasingly distasteful comments - with no obvious bearing on the cricket - began appearing over the weekend.

References were made to Madeline McCann, Adam Johnson and Elisabeth Fritzl.

Paul Burnham, spokesman for unofficial England supporters' group 'The Barmy Army', described the content of the texts as a "no-go area".

He told the BBC: "It's a very sick thing to do. 'We're 99 per cent certain that it is not anybody connected with us. If it was, we would not react well to that in terms of their membership.

'" completely condemn the messages. People shouldn't be allowed to do things like that and get away with them."

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