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Update Cricket Australia confirms Indian players were subject to racial abuse at the SCG

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Cricket Australia, on Wednesday, confirmed in an official release about the report it submitted to the ICC, looking into crowd behaviour at the SCG where Indian players were subject to racial abuse from the stands. CA stated that members of the Indian cricket team were subjected to racial abuse and that their investigation into the matter remains open.

"CA confirms that members of the Indian cricket team were subjected to racial abuse," Sean Carroll, CA's Head of Integrity and Security, said. "CA's own investigation into the matter remains open, with CCTV footage, ticketing data and interviews with spectators still being analysed in an attempt to locate those responsible. Spectators who are found to have breached CA's Anti-Harassment Code face lengthy bans, further sanctions and referral to NSW Police."

A day after India made an official complaint about racial abuse faced by Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj during the SCG Test, the latter was once again at the receiving end from a section of the fans.

He complained to the on-field umpires of racial abuse again, after which six of them were ejected from the stadium. Subsequent reports after the series suggest that India captain Ajinkya Rahane was even offered the chance by the umpires to walk off the field, but he opted to stay on with immediate action being taken for the transgression from the fans.

CA has now insisted that those six did not engage in racial behaviour, and that the board was still on the lookout for the real culprits through their investigation and that of the NSW Police.

"CA's investigation concluded that the spectators filmed and/or photographed by the media in the Brewongle Stand concourse at the conclusion of the 86th over on day three of the Test did not engage in racist behaviour.

"CA is awaiting confirmation from NSW Police that it has completed its investigation into the matter and will not offer further comment until it is received."

"As stated at the time of the incident, CA has a zero-tolerance policy towards discriminatory behaviour in all forms and, as hosts of the Border-Gavaskar series, apologises to the Indian men's cricket team," Carroll added.


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