Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Gautam Gambhir requested the media not to blow the Robin Uthappa incident out of proportion.
Uthappa allegedly got involved in a scuffle with Royal Challengers Bangalore's new team member Sarfaraz Khan during their match at the Eden Garden on Saturday.
The incident apparently happened behind the side screen when RCB players Ab de Villiers and Ashok Dinda stepped in to end the altercation when Uthappa allegedly held Khan by "his collar", reported the The Times of India website.
Gambhir said that such things can "happen" during such a high-voltage match and the media should not make stories out of it and just let it go. "There's nothing wrong in it. You want people to be aggressive and that is fine. I've been very aggressive on the field as well. When you go out there to play and win a game, you got to be aggressive," Gambhir said in an interview with The Times of India.
"It's important for the media not to blow this out of proportion. These things happen. You should leave it that. These things happen; sometimes media blows it out of proportion."
Former India paceman Javagal Srinath, who was the match referee for the KKR vs RCB match, said that he did not receive any complaints of a scuffle from the teams. After the match got over, Srinath reportedly summoned Uthappa and KKR CEO Venky Mysore along with de Villiers. Uthappa reportedly has appologised for the incident as well.