ENG vs IND | Investigation underway after Indian fans allegedly face racist abuse at Edgbaston cricket ground

The ugly head of racism raised its head once again after members of the Indian fans complained about racist abuse at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

Fans at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground. (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Indian fans complained about facing abuse in the stands of Edbaston
  • England Cricket Board said that they will be investigating the matter
  • The incident brought back memories of India’s tour of Australia.

The England Cricket Board alongside the authorities of Edgbaston Cricket Ground are investigating the alleged racist abuses faced by Indian fans in the fifth Test match between England and India. Many took to Twitter to complain about the incident after failing to get any support from the stewards at the ground and found a response by the cricket board.

Bharat Army, an event organiser based out of England took to social media to narrate the incident and said that they will be working with the authorities to report the incidents.

“Sad to say many of our members experienced racist abuse from a very small minority of individuals. We will work with Edgbaston to share all your feedback,” they wrote on Twitter.

A member of the organisation took to Twitter himself to state the abuses faced at Block 22 of the Eric Hollies stand where they were allegedly abused with racial slurs.

“Racist behaviour at Edgbaston towards Indian fans in block 22 Eric Hollies. People calling us Curry C**ts and paki bas****s. We reported it to the stewards and showed them the culprits at least 10 times but no response and all we were told is to sit in our seats,” he said.

The person further stated that they feared for the safety of women and children during that incident.

ECB replied to the individual and said that they would be looking into the incident.

“We’re very sorry to hear what you’ve experienced and are in contact with colleagues at Edgbaston who will investigate,” ECB said.

Several accounts on social media also alleged that slurs were thrown at Indian players by a section of fans, however, that did not seem to impact the game.

The incident brought back ugly memories from India’s tour of Australia in 2020/21, under the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane, where the team was given an option to stage a walkout after getting abused by a section of the fans. At that time, the authorities at the Sydney Cricket Ground removed six spectators from the stand.

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