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Preity Zinta denies abusing her IPL team coach Sanjay Bangar

Actress scoffs at report that she used the F word in an outburst against the Kings XI Punjab coach

Mayur Lookhar

Preity Zinta

Preity Zinta has been left fuming on the cricket field once again. No, she did not pick up another fight with ex-flame and Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia. The vivacious actress is furious about a report that she had abused her team's head coach, Sanjay Bangar, after the one-run loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mohali, Chandigarh, on May 8.

The report in a prominent Mumbai tabloid said a frustrated Preity Zinta had an angry exchange with Sanjay Bangar during which she used abusive language and even threatened to sack him.

The actress took to her Facebook page to slam the report and give her version of what transpired after the heart-breaking defeat, which has for all practical purposes knocked her team out of the reckoning for a place in the Indian Premier League (IPL) semi-finals this season.

“I did speak to Viru [team icon Virendra Sehwag] & Sanjay for exactly 20 seconds and asked why Axe [Axar Patel, hero of the team's previous game against Delhi Daredevils] did not bat after which I congratulated Virat Kohli & spoke to him briefly as he walked up to me. After which I proceeded to have a chat with Shane Watson & then left the ground with my husband & In Laws as we were in one car & I was disappointed," Zinta posted.

“Sanjay & I both have denied this story STILL it gets Printed. I am fed up of this nonsense and negativity. Just because our judicial system is slow some Indian Journalists time and again use it to write any & everything and make soft targets of celebrities, “ she added.

Preity Zinta, who recently got married to American Gene Goodenough, has been spending more time with her IPL franchise this year. The team has seldom achieved consistency in the league’s nine seasons so far, though it did make it to the final two seasons ago.

From non-clearance of players' dues to players getting sacked for alleged spot-fixing, KXIP have often been mired in some controversy. The team was even disqualified once by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, only to be reinstated by the courts.

In 2014, Preity Zinta had created a furore after accusing co-owner Ness Wadia of abusing her in public after a game at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium. The latest controversy will nly add to the misery of her franchise, which is currently at the bottom of the table and appears destined to remain there.