Sydney: Ravichandran Ashwin, senior off-spinner for Team India, has said that the racial behavior of spectators at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is not new and should be treated with vigor. After making racist comments about Indian players on day four of the series’ third Test Match, some spectators were kicked off the ground.
Ravichandran Ashwin said after the match day that Indian players had already faced racism in Sydney. Speaking at the post-match press conference, he said: “We have already faced racism in Sydney. It must be treated very strictly.
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In the second session of Matchday 4 on Sunday, the Indian players gathered in the middle of the field when Mohammed Siraj, standing on the square-leg border, complained of being mistreated. After that, the security personnel went to the spectator stands and began to search for the accused who had mistreated them, then a group of spectators were asked to leave the stand.
Once again, Siraj has been abused by the Australian mob. These are the guys who abused Siraj. # Siraj #bumrah #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/oa4Osd3vOU
– Sujal Jaiswal (@ sujal_jaiswal16) January 10, 2021
Cricket Australia has officially apologized for the racism incident. According to local media, 6 people were evicted by security personnel from the scene. During this time the game stopped for about 10 minutes.
We launched a parallel investigation with NSW Police following a mob incident at SCG today. Full statement pic.twitter.com/D7Qu3SenHo
– Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) January 10, 2021
Ashwin said: “I didn’t know in 2011 what racism is and how you make other little ones look, what other kids are laughing at too. Australian coach Justin Langer also criticized the incident, apart from that Indian veteran VVS Laxman condemned it as well.
Very unhappy to see what is happening at SCG. There is no place for this waste. I never understood the need to shout insults at players on a sports field. If you’re not here to watch the game and can’t be respectful, then don’t spoil the atmosphere. #AUSvIND
– VVS Laxman (@ VVSLaxman281) January 10, 2021