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England fans condemn fourth Test messages

Press Association logoPress Association 12/12/2016

A string of "sick" messages that appeared on the interactive big screen during England's fourth-Test defeat to India have drawn condemnation.

Supporters have been invited throughout the series, won by India after they went 3-0 up with one to play, to text in personal messages to be shown inside the stadium.

Most contained words of encouragement for each team, the majority from India, but a series of bizarre and increasingly distasteful comments - with no obvious bearing on the cricket - began appearing over the weekend.

References were made to crime victims Madeline McCann and Elisabeth Fritzl as well as English soccer player Adam Johnson.

Paul Burnham, spokesman for unofficial England supporters' group 'The Barmy Army', described the content of the texts as a "no-go area".

He told the BBC: "It's a very sick thing to do. 'We're 99 per cent certain it is not anybody connected with us. If it was, we would not react well to that in terms of their membership.

'I completely condemn the messages. People shouldn't be allowed to do things like that and get away with them."

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