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Police break up party in Gayle's hotel room, arrest three British women

Published:Wednesday | October 3, 2012 | 3:52 PM

CMC- Three British women were arrested after police broke-up a hotel room party involving four West Indies cricketers including Chris Gayle today, according to police and hotel sources.

Police bodyguards protecting players at the ongoing World Twenty20 arrested the three Britons at the deluxe Cinnamon Grand hotel in Colombo and handed them over to the nearby police station for further investigations.

“Ministerial Security Division (MSD) guards assigned to protect the players carried out the arrest and the three women were handed over to the Kollupitiya police station for further investigations,” police said in a statement.

Hotel sources said the women were guests of Gayle and his teammates Andre Russell, Fidel Edwards and Dwayne Smith.

The sources insisted there was no breach of security at the tightly-guarded seventh floor reserved for players and team officials.

A hotel source told journalist that there was no wrongdoing on the part of the players or the women and we are surprised at the police action.

“It is not against the law to be a guest of a player.”

“The women, who were not charged, were later released on bail,” said police.

West Indies' management and the International Cricket Council (ICC), organisers of the World Twenty20, both confirmed the hotel incident.

West Indies media manager, Philip Spooner, said the matter had been dealt with.