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ICC probes racist abuse after fans ejected from Sydney Test

  • Published at 05:48 pm January 10th, 2021
India's Mohammad Siraj complains of racist abuse as play is halted during day four of their third Test against Australia in Sydney Sunday AFP

The ICC probe followed Siraj and Bumrah being targeted while they fielded by the boundary ropes of the SCG

Cricket chiefs have launched an investigation into allegations of racist abuse of the India team from sections of the crowd in the third and penultimate Test, as six people were ejected and play halted for nearly 10 minutes Sunday.

The International Cricket Council probe followed Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah apparently being targeted while they fielded by the boundary ropes of the Sydney Cricket Ground late Saturday.

In a second incident, play was halted just before the tea break Sunday when Siraj ran from the fine leg boundary towards the umpires, pointing into the crowd.

It was not immediately clear what had been said, but police were seen removing six men from their seats.

India were battling to avoid defeat against Australia after losing two wickets before the close of play Sunday in a third and penultimate Test marred by allegations of racist abuse from the Sydney crowd.

Posted by Sports Tribune on Sunday, 10 January 2021

Cricket Australia issued an apology to India and said anyone found guily of racist abuse would face a ban.

The Times of India newspaper said that the fans Saturday had been drunk. 

Australian great Shane Warne called the crowd behavior Saturday shameful.

Only 10,000 fans - a quarter capacity - are allowed into the Sydney Cricket Ground each day due to coronavirus concerns, making their chants and shouts more clearly heard.