Cricket Australia confirms Indian players were subjected to racial abuse during the third test in Sydney, but clears the six men who were ejected as they continue to search camera footage to identify those responsible
- The fourth day of the third test between Australia and India in Sydney was halted
- Indian fast bowler Mohammed Siraj complained that he had been racially abused
- Police escorted six men out of the stadium while the game was interrupted
- An investigation by Cricket Australia has confirmed that Indian players have been abused
- But they have cleared the six men who have been expelled from the SCG
Cricket Australia confirmed on Wednesday that Indian players were exposed to racial abuse by the crowd during the third test in Sydney and said the investigation would continue after six men who were ejected during the match were subsequently acquitted.
The fourth day of the third Test earlier this month was largely overshadowed by an eight-minute stoppage in Australia’s second innings after Indian fast bowler Mohammed Siraj complained of public abuse.
Siraj, who had fieled close to the fine leg boundary and just conceded 17 runs in an over, spoke to the two umpires on the field on January 10 and pointed to some of the crowd.
Mohammed Siraj of India quits playing to file a complaint with the referee about the racial abuse
An investigation by Cricket Australia has now confirmed that the Indian players have been racially abused
He had the full support of his captain and teammates, just as he had the previous night when he made similar complaints reported to the International Cricket Council.
Referees Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson stopped the game while police and security questioned people in the crowd. Police later escorted six men away from their seats – all broadcast live on TV – interrogated them and threw them out of the stadium.
Cricket Australia’s chief of integrity and security, Sean Carroll, released a statement on Wednesday saying that an “ investigation concluded that the spectators filmed and / or photographed by the media at the Brewongle Stand on day four of the test. hall, showed no racist behavior ‘.
Carroll said a report on the mob’s behavior had been filed with the International Cricket Council and that New South Wales State Police were still investigating.
Police are talking to a member of the Indian squad about a complaint by Siraj on the field
“CA confirms that members of the Indian cricket team were victims of racial violence,” Carroll said in the statement.
CA’s own investigation of the case remains open, with CCTV footage, ticket sales data, and audience interviews still being analyzed in an attempt to locate those responsible.
“As stated at the time of the incident, CA has a zero tolerance policy towards discriminatory behavior in all forms and, as hosts of the Border-Gavaskar series, CA apologizes to the Indian men’s cricket team.”
India held on for a draw in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground and recorded a victory in Brisbane last week against the odds of taking a 2-1 series win.