Pakistan-origin SA cricketer faced verbal and racial abuse allegedly from Indian spectators during the fourth One-Day International (ODI) match between India and South Africa played at Johannesburg.
Imran Tahir was subjected to racial abuse by a fan during the fourth one-day international against India in Johannesburg, Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed on Monday.
Upon the abuse, Tahir reported the incident to security personnel on duty who evicted the spectator from the Johannesburg stadium.
“Cricket South Africa has noted and is aware of the circulation of video footage featuring Imran Tahir on social media and WhatsApp groups,” CSA said in a press release.
Here’s the Video;
“Imran Tahir was verbally and racially abused by an unknown man during the fourth One-Day International (ODI) against India at the Bidvest 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,” read the CSA statement.
“In accordance with the ICC Anti-racism code, spectators who engage in racist conduct are to be ejected from the stadium and can face further sanctions and criminal prosecution,” the board stated.
The alleged incident took place during the ‘Pink’ ODI between South Africa and India on Saturday, and was captured in a video which began circulating on social media soon after.