Stuart Broad and England Slam 'Pathetic' Claim He Asked for Fan to Be Ejected

Leigh WalshCorrespondent INovember 18, 2013

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 13:  Stuart Broad of England runs into bowl during day one of the tour match between the CA Invitational XI and England at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 13, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Stuart Broad has vigorously denied allegations that he asked for two spectators to be removed from the Sydney Cricket Ground after they heckled him, per Paul Newman in the Daily Mail

The claim was made via Twitter by former rugby league player turned broadcaster Jimmy Smith, who heard the story secondhand from an eyewitness:

The incident took place during the third day of England’s warm-up event against an Invitational XI, which the tourists won by seven wickets. 

The reported jibes directed at Broad were in relation to his decision not to walk at Trent Bridge during the last Ashes series. 

But Broad voiced his displeasure at the allegations via his own Twitter page on Monday. 

The bowler told Smith, "I can 100% confirm that this is a complete lie," before adding that the allegations were "pathetic":

An England spokesperson also added, per Newman:

I can categorically deny this happened. Neither Stuart nor anyone from the England team asked for anybody to be ejected. I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary in the behaviour of spectators in the members bar and if security did ask anyone to leave it had nothing to do with us.

When interviewed towards the end of the summer, Australian coach Darren Lehmann controversially called for the Aussie public to single Broad out for abuse when the Ashes resumed Down Under, calling his actions "blatant cheating," per BBC Sport.

Australian cricket fans were left incensed when Broad refused to walk at a crucial moment during the third day of the first Ashes Test. The Englishman appeared to edge a ball off Ashton Agar, which was subsequently caught, but when the umpire failed to give him out, Broad stayed put. 

Broad rubbed more salt in Aussie wounds when he went on to be named Man of the Match in the decisive fourth Test as England retained the Ashes. The 27-year-old posted bowling figures of 6-50 just when the tourists appeared to be gaining a grip on proceedings. 

In an interview with Nasser Hussain in the Daily Mail on Sunday, Broad said he expected to be on the receiving end of some stick in Australia:

You know they are a nation very passionate about their team so you know you’re going to get a bit of abuse in the street but at the end of the day I think they respect sport and people who are up for a fight, want to win, show they are a fighter.

The first Ashes Test kicks off at the Gabba in Melbourne on Nov. 21, as England look to snatch a fourth series win in succession.