Tahir ra­cially abused

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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.

— Sport24.

PHOTO: GALLO IM­AGES

Proteas bowler Im­ran Tahir.

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