During the third Test of Australia against India to the International Cricket Council (ICC), Indian players were subject to racial abuse, with Mohammed Siraj and few other India players were abused on Day 3 and 4 of the Test. Earlier this week, Cricket Australia (CA) has finished its investigation and confirmed that the racial abuse from the crowd did occur.
“CA’s investigation concluded that the spectators filmed and/or photographed by media in the Brewongle Stand concourse at the conclusion of the 86th over on day three of the Test did not engage in racist behaviour,” Sean Carroll, CA’s head of integrity and security, said.. It is learnt that Siraj had told CA after the Sydney Test he was called a “brown dog” and monkey” during the third test earlier this month.
An eight-minute stoppage during Australia’s second innings occurred after the incident. Siraj, who had been fielding near the fine leg boundary and had just conceded 17 runs in an over, spoke to the two on-field umpires on January 10 and pointed to a section of the crowd. Umpires Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson halted the game while police and security questioned people in the crowd.
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A group of men were escorted from the stands by police after voluntarily left the ground following the incident. However, these men are not the actual culprits according to the report. “CA’s investigation concluded that the spectators filmed and/or photographed by media in the Brewongle Stand concourse at the conclusion of the 86th over on day four of the Test did not engage in racist behaviour.”
“As stated at the time of the incident, CA has a zero tolerance policy towards discriminatory behaviour in all forms and, as hosts of the Border-Gavaskar series, apologises to the Indian men’s cricket team,” the statement added. “Spectators who are found to have breached CA’s Anti-Harassment Code face lengthy bans, further sanctions and referral to NSW Police.”
India captain Ajinkya Rahane said after the match was drawn that it “not acceptable at all” and “it should not happen anywhere in the world”, while veteran Ravichandran Ashwin claimed he has been the victim of abuse from Sydney crowds for almost a decade. Cricket Australia apologized to the India team shortly after the incident.
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