Facebook has taken down a hate page whose administrator offered to tackle England cricketer Stuart Broad on Boxing Day in exchange of 50,000 likes. Sensing a threat to the visiting player during the on-going Ashes, Cricket Australia have moved quickly to have the page banned.
Among his many offers, the administrator also threatened to throw beer and pie on Broad. The page reached its target of 50,000 likes quickly, reaching 116,000 likes before it was taken down. A cached view of the page can be seen here.
The unnamed administrator was quoted as saying by Australian radio station Triple M, "It's just a bit of fun, he's a cheat and I don't really like him. I'm not going (to tackle him), I'm just going to give him a spear."
Cricket Australia said it would not tolerate "such anti-social" behaviour at games under its purview.
"Cricket Australia takes this issue seriously and will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, or anyone encouraging it, at any cricket match," said Cricket Australia, in a statement.
"We've been in contact with Facebook to request the specific page be removed and will be passing on all available information to the relevant authorities."
"Anyone considering acting in this way is not welcome at the cricket and offenders will be subject to criminal charges and fines at all venues. Fines for entering the field of play vary from venue to venue but range in the thousands of dollars per offence."
Pitch invaders at the MCG can face a fine of up to $7500 and a possible life ban, while the fan could also potentially face assault charges if he tackles Broad.
Broad has been at the receiving end of Australia's wrath ever since he chose not to walk after being caught at slip in the Ashes Test in July at Trent Bridge.
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