Review as policeman repeatedly hits fan

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2012, 09:13 AM IST

Sydney: Australian police said they have launched an internal review after footage aired on television showed an officer repeatedly punching a fan at Sydney Cricket Ground.

The Seven Network video shows a uniformed New South Wales officer hitting a person at least five times in the stands of the SCG during Wednesday night`s Big Bash Twenty20 clash between Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers.

"Following vision (footage) from a media organisation being made available to police, an internal review of the incident is now under way," a police spokeswoman said.

"Police employ a variety of techniques to achieve compliance and the review will examine whether the techniques used in this instance were appropriate to the situation."

Police allege a 39-year-old man refused to leave the ground despite repeated requests to do so.

NSW Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Murdoch told Channel Seven that "the video footage, in isolation, doesn`t look great".

But he said the whole incident needed to be taken on context.

"We will allege that he resisted arrest quite violently," he said.

The Big Bash is Australia`s attempt to create a world-class T20 tournament in the same mould as the Indian Premier League with eight city-based teams, with an emphasis on energy and a fast-paced atmosphere.

It has attracted some of T20`s big names: Pakistan`s Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq, West Indians Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, South African Herschelle Gibbs, as well as enticing Australian great Shane Warne out of retirement.

PTI