Indian cricket team members “‘subjected to racial abuse’: Cricket Australia

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 27 January 2021: Cricket Australia has in its report submitted to the ICC found members of the Indian team at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) were subjected to racial abuse during the third Test against India. The news came in Cricket Australia statement emailed to South Asia Times (SAT) today.

Sean Carroll, CA’s Head of Integrity & Security, has provided an update on the investigation into crowd behavior during the Sydney test:

“CA confirms that members of the Indian cricket team were subjected to racial abuse. CA’s own investigation into the matter remains open, with CCTV footage, ticketing data and interviews with spectators still being analysed in an attempt to locate those responsible. Spectators who are found to have breached CA’s Anti-Harassment Code face lengthy bans, further sanctions and referral to NSW Police.

“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.

“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.

“CA is awaiting confirmation from NSW Police that it has completed its investigation into the matter and will not offer further comment until it is received.”

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