Tahir racially abused
CAPE TOWN — Cricket South Africa (CSA) say that Proteas spinner Imran Tahir was verbally and racially abused by a cricket fan at the Wanderers this past weekend.
The alleged incident took place during the fourth oneday “Pink” international between South Africa and India on Saturday.
A video has circulated on social media featuring Tahir in an altercation with a fan, leading CSA to release a statement on the matter yesterday.
The statement reads:
“Cricket South Africa has noted and is aware of the circulation of video footage featuring Imran Tahir on social media and WhatsApp groups.
“Imran Tahir was verbally and racially abused by an unknown man during the fourth OneDay International (ODI) against India at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday. Tahir reported the incident to the stadium security, and was subsequently accompanied by two security personnel to identify and to have the man ejected from the stadium.
“Tahir made no physical contact with the offender or any of the children in the vicinity. The incident is under investigation with the CSA and stadium security teams.
“In accordance with the ICC Antiracism code, spectators who engage in racist conduct are to be ejected from the stadium and can face further sanctions and criminal prosecution.”
The fifth ODI takes place at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth today, starting at 1 pm.
Proteas bowler Imran Tahir.