Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray Saturday criticised Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan for what he termed his "misdemeanour" at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday night and backed the Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) decision to ban him from the stadium for five years.
Lashing out at Khan in his party mouthpiece, Saamna, Thackeray said Khan was insulted several times by the US security officials, but he kept quiet then. "He did not lose his cool there, but when a poor security guard asked him to follow rules, he threatened to bury him alive. What kind of language is this?"
Thackeray also appreciated the five-year ban on Khan's entry to the Wankhede Stadium and said that a lifetime ban should be imposed on him. He said that ban was reduced to five years due to pressure from New Delhi. "If pressure comes from Delhi, it will be further reduced to five minutes."
The MCA on Friday slapped a ban for five years on Khan from entering the Wankhede Stadium over his alleged bad behaviour at the stadium.
Khan, the co-owner of Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders, had allegedly misbehaved with security personnel and MCA officials. Khan claimed the security guards manhandled the children he had brought to the stadium, which provoked him to protest.