Indian Fans Racially Abused in England vs India 5th Test Match; ECB Promised to Investigate

Indian Fans Racially Abused in England vs India 5th Test
Racial Abuse in England final test

Indian Fans Racially Abused in England vs India 5th Test: Warwickshire and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) get into investing a racist report alleged made by an Indian fan during the fourth day of the ongoing fifth Test match between England and India at Edgbaston.

Indian Fans Racially Abused in England vs India 5th Test

On Monday, while the hosts England were chasing a target of 378 runs, several Indian fans who faced racist abuse took to Twitter and shared photos and videos of the incident. According to them, the incident took place during the final session of the 4th-day play.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in response to the report released an official statement to investigate the matter at the earliest.

One of the spectators posted on Twitter, “women were literally in tears” and when the fans reported the problem to the stewards, they asked them to “sit down”. READ: ECB Suggest England Players to Take Anti-Racism Courses

Azeem Rafeeq, who last year had raised allegations of racist abuse, bullying and harassment at Yorkshire, highlighted the issue by sharing some of the posts.

Edgbaston ground’s official Twitter handle replied to one of the all-rounder’s tweets: “We’re incredibly sorry to read this and do not condone this behaviour in anyway [sic]. We’ll be investigating this ASAP.”

The ECB added in a statement: “We are very concerned to hear reports of racist abuse at today’s Test match. We are in contact with colleagues at Edgbaston who will investigate. There is no place for racism in cricket. Edgbaston has been working hard to create a safe and inclusive working environment.”

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Later, Warwickshire County Cricket Club released a statement, with the chief executive Stuart Cain saying: “I’m gutted by these reports as we’re working hard to make Edgbaston a safe, welcoming environment for all.

Having seen the initial tweets, I’ve spoken personally to the gentleman who raised them and we’re now speaking to the stewards in this area to establish what happened.

Nobody should be subject to any form of abuse at Edgbaston. So, once we’ve got all the facts, we will make sure this issue is addressed swiftly.”

As far as the match is concerned, England needs 119 runs to win the match where the hosts at the end of the day 4 scored 259 runs for 3 wickets loss. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow stand tall with a massive 150 runs partnership.

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