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Imran Tahir racially abused during the fourth ODI at Johannesburg. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir was subjected to racial and verbal abuse during the fourth game at Johannesburg.

Meanwhile, Cricket South Africa (CSA) waits for the outcome of an investigation by private security firm lodged following the incident.

Tahir had an angry exchange with fans while he accompanied the security officials to point out the offender. Also, Tahir didn’t make it to the first XI for the fourth game. The abuse hurled at him came from spectators seated in the Memorial Stand, on the western side of the Wanderers stadium.

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An Indian fan abused Tahir:

According to the South African team’s media manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee, Tahir said an Indian fan abused him.

From Imran’s perspective, he was racially and verbally abused by a certain gentleman throughout the match. He reported it to the stadium security who were stationed in front of the dressing room,” said Moosajee.

From Imran’s side he’s done nothing untoward,” Moosajee added.

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Tahir’s exchange with fans:

An angry Tahir confronted the abuser while he accompanied the security officials to identify the offender.

I wanna see how he can abuse me,” an enraged Tahir said. “Yes, but it’s not right what you’re doing,” a woman argued. “Obviously, that’s why I came. Because he was abusing me. Does he have any manners? I have a family as well,” retorts Tahir.

The woman in the video then said,

What kind of a sportsman is that man, he’s a disgrace to this country.”

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Also, Tahir admitted he is delighted for all love and support on social media.

Meanwhile, CSA warns spectators not to engage themselves in this kind of behaviour. However, the abuse can lead to eviction from the stadium.  Also, he or she will not have access to an event on that ground again.

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Ankush Das

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