Manchester: several spectators have been on Tuesday handcuffed and ejected from vintage Trafford all through the primary world Cup semi-very last among India and New Zealand after mounting a political protest.

The fans were reputedly Sikh separatists who wore T-shirts and held banners stressful a referendum on an independent place of origin to be carved out of India.

"ground protection went into the stands and got the fanatics out of the stadium without an awful lot resistance and surpassed them over to the police," a policeman on the floor told AFP on condition on anonymity.

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"There had been four Sikh men who were wearing T-shirts with some political message on them and it isn't allowed."

Police later confirmed arrests had been made, with each men released with out rate.

"two adult males have been arrested for a breach of the peace, both have in the end been launched with out charge," the assertion examine.

The announcement did no longer clarify whether or not the men arrested have been Sikh.

Expatriate Sikh separatists, who need to create a homeland of Khalistan in India's northern Punjab state, had been maintaining rallies in England to sell their purpose.

the world Cup has witnessed other political protests at some stage in matches, with the worldwide Cricket Council distancing itself from all of them.

Banners analyzing "#Justice for Kashmir" and "India forestall genocide & loose Kashmir" were flown over Headingley at some stage in India's healthy with Sri Lanka on Saturday.

It accompanied an in advance incident while a banner reading "Justice for Balochistan" become flown over the same floor in Leeds for the duration of the sport among Pakistan and Afghanistan.

the sport's governing body has said: "We do no longer condone any kind of political messages on the ICC guys's Cricket international Cup."