President of Sri Lanka says concert promoters for Enrique Iglesias 'should be whipped'

The comments come after the behaviour of women at a recent concert was described as 'uncivilised'

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Singer Enrique Iglesias. Image: Lynne Sladky / AP/Press Association Images

The president of Sri Lanka says that concert promoters for Enrique Iglesias should be ''whipped with toxic stingray tails".

It follows the "uncivilised behaviour" of women at a concert on December 20th in the city of Colombo.

Women at the gig rushed the stage to try to kiss Iglesias, with some throwing bras and underwear on stage in the ultra-conservative country.

The Sri Lankan president said the women should not be punished, but that event organisers should be whipped.

BBC reports that Maithripala Sirisena said, "I don't advocate that these uncivilized women who removed their brassieres should be beaten with poisonous stingray tails, but those who organized such an event should be."

The unusual whipping technique was used in medieval Sri Lanka, and the phrase is now used to express a need for a severe or serious punishment.

Billboard says the concert promoters have since apologised for problems at the gig, suggesting security 'failed alarmingly'.