A legal complaint has been registered against Australian cricketer Mitchell Marsh in Uttar Pradesh, India, following a controversial photo that circulated on social media. The image portrayed Marsh resting his legs on the World Cup trophy, sparking outrage among Indian fans after Australia defeated India in the 2023 World Cup final at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium.
The FIR, filed by RTI Activist Pandit Keshav, expresses concern that Marsh’s actions have offended the sentiments of many Indian cricket enthusiasts, particularly in the aftermath of India’s loss in the final match. In an unusual move, Keshav has forwarded a copy of the FIR to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging a potential ban on Marsh from participating in cricket within India.
“This act did not bring me joy. The trophy that teams from around the world vie for, the trophy you dream of lifting, having someone place their foot on it was not a pleasant sight,” Shami remarked.
While such controversies are not uncommon in India, where objections and complaints are frequently raised over minor issues, the FIR against Mitchell Marsh is viewed by some as an attention-seeking move
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