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Kohli Hotel Video: Contractor Sacked!

By Rediff Cricket
Last updated on: October 31, 2022 15:21 IST
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'I'm NOT okay with this kind of fanaticism and absolute invasion of privacy,' an angry Virat Kohli fumed as video footage of his hotel room in Perth, Australia was posted online.

Kohli posted a video on Instagram where an unidentified person can be seen shooting the video showing his room in detail, including his personal belongings spread out across the room.

Kohli was likely away for a practice session or a game during the T20 World Cup in Perth when the video was shot by an unidentified person.

 

'I understand that fans get very happy and excited seeing their favourite players and get excited to meet them and I've always appreciated that. But this video is appalling and it's made me feel very paranoid about my privacy,' Kohli stated.

'If I cannot have privacy in my own hotel room, then where can I really expect any personal space at all?? I'm NOT okay with this kind of fanaticism and absolute invasion of privacy. Please respect people's privacy and not treat them as a commodity for entertainment,' a clearly angry Kohli declared.

'This is ridiculous, totally unacceptable,' Australian batter David Warner said, in response to Kohli's post.

Following the huge uproar over the incident, Crown Resorts, owners of the hotel in Perth where the Indian team stayed, apologised to Kohli, while stating that the contractor who recorded the video at its Burswood hotel and casino complex has been stood down.

'We unreservedly apologise to the guest involved and will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure this remains an isolated incident,' a spokeswoman for the company was quoted in a statement by the Australian media.

'We have zero tolerance for this behaviour, and it falls well below the standards we set for our team members and contractors. Crown has taken immediate steps to rectify the issue. The individuals involved have been stood down and removed from the Crown account.'

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