NZC lodges po­lice com­plaint over Jofra abuse in­ci­dent

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Hamilton, New Zealand - New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has lodged a com­plaint with Tau­ranga po­lice over the racial abuse di­rected at Jofra Archer near the end of the first Test against Eng­land at Bay Oval.

In­for­ma­tion gath­ered from an in­quiry which in­cluded study­ing CCTV footage, lis­ten­ing to au­dio, in­ter­view­ing by­s­tanders and ob­tain­ing ma­te­rial on so­cial me­dia has been in­cor­po­rated into the com­plaint. As ESPNcricin­fo re­ported at the time, the al­leged cul­prit con­tacted Archer on Instagram in the hours af­ter the in­ci­dent.

While NZC de­scribe the in­for­ma­tion-gath­er­ing ex­er­cise as 'use­ful' and are con­fi­dent they have been able to iden­tify the cul­prit, they lack the au­thor­ity to con­clu­sively and pub­li­cally iden­tify the per­son re­spon­si­ble and there­fore feel 'un­able to com­ment on pub­lic spec­u­la­tion re­gard­ing his per­sonal de­tails'.

De­spite this, NZC chief ex­ec­u­tive David White said he be­lieved there was enough ma­te­rial to jus­tify lodg­ing a com­plaint with the po­lice es­pe­cially, a press re­lease stated, 'if the Bay Oval per­pe­tra­tor was to re­of­fend'.

"What hap­pened to Jofra was rep­re­hen­si­ble and has led to a gen­eral up­scal­ing of se­cu­rity around the area of racial abuse at all our in­ter­na­tional venues," he said.

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