Siraj & Bumrah Face Racial Abuse In Sydney, Cricketers & Fans Condemn The Incident

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The third test match between India and Australia has ended in a draw. But on the third and fourth day of the match, bowler Mohammed Siraj was called ‘brown dog’ and ‘big monkey’ by some Aussie spectators. The Times of India quoted a BCCI source saying,

“Siraj was referred to as ‘Brown Dog’ and ‘Big Monkey’ both of which are racist slurs. The matter was immediately brought to the notice of on-field umpires. They were constantly abusing Bumrah too. “Actually, the players didn’t want to lose focus during the proceedings and decided that the matter would be reported only after the day’s play was over. However, umpires have told us that moment anything of that nature happens, the players should report immediately.”

India Today reports that on Sunday, play was halted for 10 minutes and at least 5 people were evicted from the Sydney Cricket Ground. ICC (International Cricket Council) Chief Executive Manu Sawhney was quoted saying,

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“There is no place for discrimination in our sport and we are incredibly disappointed that a small minority of fans may think that this abhorrent behaviour is acceptable. We have a comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Policy in place that Members have to abide by and ensure is adhered to by fans and we welcome the action taken by ground authorities and Cricket Australia today. We will provide Cricket Australia and the relevant authorities with our full support in any ensuing investigation as we will not tolerate any racism in our sport.”

Cricket Australia tweeted this statement:

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Many Indian cricketers have taken to Twitter to condemn the unfortunate incident.

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However, some cricket fans from down under have wondered if the Aussie accent was misunderstood by the players.

But Indian fans have reiterated saying banter is very different from racist abuse.

The investigation follows an official report by the Indian team management to ICC Match Referee David Boon. What do you think of this incident?

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