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Thursday, 5 July, 2001, 12:01 GMT 13:01 UK
Police seek cricket hooligans
Eight men police want to interview
The men are wanted in relation to public order offences
Photographs of eight men thought to have been involved in trouble at the final of the triangular one-day cricket series at Lord's have been released by police.

Missiles were thrown from the crowd during the presentation ceremony at the end of the NatWest Series final between Australia and Pakistan last month.

Australian batsman Michael Bevan was hit in the face with a beer can and the ceremony had to be temporarily halted while players moved to the relative safety of the pavilion's Long Room.

Trent Bridge
Netting was used for crowd control at Trent Bridge
Examination of television footage has helped detectives identify eight men they want to trace in connection with public order offences during the post-match celebrations on 23 June.

The men are all Asian and aged between 18 and 30 years.

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

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

The trouble at Lord's was the last in a series of crowd-related incidents which marred the series of matches between England, Pakistan and Australia.

Steward injured

In an earlier match a steward was injured at Headingley, Leeds during a pitch invasion by hundreds of Pakistan fans.

Stephen Speight, from Bradford, suffered two broken ribs and a damaged spleen as supporters swarmed onto the pitch during a match against England.

The trouble followed 10 days after the England and Wales Cricket Board had stepped up security following a pitch invasion during the match between Pakistan and England at Edgbaston.

Australian captain Steve Waugh said he feared someone would get killed and at one stage withdrew his team from the pitch after fireworks let off by the crowd at Trent Bridge.

A joint review group has been set up to examine crowd control at major matches in England.

It will look at crowd management, legislation and ground regulations and will report to ministers.

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