Continuing its investigation on the racial abuse matter that happened during the Third Test between India and Australia, Cricket Australia (CA) has ascertained that six spectators were guilty of the offence.
Submitting a report on the case to the International Cricket Council (ICC), CA confirmed on Wednesday that a section of spectators hurled racial abuse over the Indian bowlers during the match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). However, the offenders are yet to be identified.
Indian bowlers Mohammad Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah had complained on the second and third day of the Test that a group of people abuse them while they were fielding near the boundary. Following which, the security personnel had escorted out some of the men from the stadium. The incident halted the game for nealy ten minutes. The BCCI had also lodged an official complaint after the match.
“CA’s own investigation into the matter remains open, with CCTV footage, ticketing data and interviews with spectators still being analyzed in an attempt to locate those responsible,” CA’s head of integrity and security Sean Carroll said in a statement.
“CA’s investigation concluded that the spectators filmed and/or photographed by media in the Brewongle Stand concourse at the conclusion of the 86th over on day four of the Test did not engage in racist behaviour.”
“Spectators who are found to have breached CA’s anti-harassment code face lengthy bans, further sanctions and referral to NSW Police,” Carroll said on CA’s policy to deal with offenders.
“As stated at the time of the incident, CA has a zero-tolerance policy towards discriminatory behaviour in all forms and, as hosts of the Border-Gavaskar series, apologises to the Indian men’s cricket team,” Carroll asserted.