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By Ian Ransom
MELBOURNE, Jan.27 (Reuters) – The Australian Cricket Council confirmed on Wednesday that Indian players suffered racial abuse in the third test at Sydney Cricket Ground, but eliminated six spectators who were removed from their seats and questioned by the police on the ground.
Cricket Australia (CA) opened an investigation with New South Wales Police after Indian fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj complained that they heard racist slurs as they were near the border rope. was held for about 10 minutes on the third day after Siraj approached a referee to voice his concerns before police intervened to take six male fans from their seats.
“CA confirms that members of the Indian cricket team have been racially abused,” CA integrity chief Sean Carroll said in a statement.
“CA’s investigation into the case remains open, with CCTV footage, ticketing data and interviews with spectators still being analyzed to try to locate those responsible.
“CA’s investigation concluded that spectators filmed and / or photographed by media in the lobby of Brewongle Stand after the 86th day of the test did not engage in racist behavior.”
CA said she had submitted her report of the investigation to the world governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The commission added that it was awaiting confirmation from the police that it had completed its own investigation.
The racism allegations eclipsed the last two matches of the test series, which India won 2-1.
Indian pitcher Ravichandran Ashwin said in the third test that the team had been insulted by spectators in Sydney in the past, but racial abuse had crossed a line.
“It is certainly not acceptable these days. It absolutely has to be dealt with with an iron fist and we have to make sure that it doesn’t happen again,” said the bowler.
A man has been banned from attending cricket matches in New Zealand for two years after being convicted of abusing England’s fast pitcher Jofra Archer while on tour in 2019.