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Nathan Lyon Claims Racial Abuse Over Siraj as “Quite Disgusting”

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Australian cricketer Nathan Lyon mentions the racial abuse over Siraj as “quite disgusting”. In the 3rd test match of Australia vs India, Indian bowler Mohammad Siraj has been racially abused by the audience in the SCG.

Nathan Lyon on Racial Abuse over Siraj

Earlier Australian cricketer David Warner express his distress over the racial abuse on Indian players. Following him, Nathan Lyon too feels disrespectful over the racial abuse on Indian players.

“There is no room for any racial sledges or any abuse in any type. People think they are being funny, but it can affect people in different ways. For me, cricket is the sport for all and there is no room for it at all,” Lyon said during a virtual press conference.

“If the time is right to call in match officials you do it. We have got a lot of security around the ground these days and if there is anyone doing it then they can be removed, as there is absolutely no place for it. It well may set precedence to report issues to officials.”

Australian fans Abused SirajĀ 

While fielding at the square-leg boundary, Siraj was allegedly called “monkey” and “brown dog” over two days by some spectators, who were removed by security guards after the matter was reported to the on-field umpires.

“I think it’s quite disgusting to be honest. Yes, I’ve been on the other end of it, coping abuse, whether that’s England, New Zealand, South Africa or wherever it may be. But there’s no room for it. As a player you’ve got to try your best to block it out,” Lyon said.

He feels that players would now have the option of stopping play and call out their abusers in the stands.

“It well may do (set precedence to report issues to officials). It will be up to that player and how they have been affected.

“I just really hope in a whole world society, we can get over it and people can come to watch us play cricket, with players not going to work and not be worried about being abused or racially abused,” the country’s experienced spinner said.

The Australian players had supported their Indian counterparts after the incidents with skipper Tim Paine even joining the visiting team huddle after Siraj’s complaints on the fourth day of the drawn match.

The four-match series is currently tied 1-1 with the fourth Test scheduled to be held here from Friday.

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