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    No Wankhede ban if Shah Rukh apologises

    Mumbai: The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is likely to take a final call on Friday on the much-publicised spat between the MCA officials and Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, who is also Kolkata Knight Riders’ co-owner. But the actor may be sparred from a possible life ban on his entry into the Wankhede Stadium if he apologises for his unruly behaviour, sources confirmed.

    The actor was involved in a verbal spat on Wednesday night following his team’s victory against the hosts Mumbai Indians. Shah Rukh allegedly abused and shoved a security guard at the stadium. This after his entourage, which included several children sporting KKR team jerseys, was stopped from stepping onto the field.

    The police filed a non-cognisable offence against the actor on Thursday. While Shah Rukh insisted that he was provoked first, the MCA officials will meet on Friday to finalise an action against the Bollywood star.

    Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Iqbal Shaikh, said the actor was under the impression of alcohol and used foul language against the MCA officials and posted security personnel. "We could smell alcohol on him, and he was abusive. I tried to drive him away."

    Shah Rukh countered the claims saying, "I was there to protect my children. The security guards were the ones who were aggressive. I saw these guards touching girls not older than 13; I told them to stop." The actor claimed he was left with little choice. "Of course, I was abusive. What could I have done? I would do it again. It has become fashionable for officials to throw their weight if they see a celebrity," Shah Rukh said.