Edgbaston, England
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The officials at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground have begun an investigation after reports of crowd racism surfaced during Day 4 of the fifth and final Test between England and India.

A social media account revealed that racial abuse was hurled at the Indian fans who were sitting at the Eric Hollies stand. The officials at the stadium apologized for the same and said an investigation is underway.

We are very concerned to hear reports of racist abuse at today’s Test match. We are in contact with colleagues at Edgbaston who will investigate. There is no place for racism in cricket,” the ECB said in a statement after Day 4.

Alex Lees
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I’m gutted by these reports as we’re working hard to make Edgbaston a safe, welcoming environment for all. Having seen the initial tweets, I’ve spoken personally to the gentleman who raised them.”

We’re now speaking to the stewards in this area to establish what happened. Nobody should be subject to any form of abuse at Edgbaston. So, once we’ve got all the facts, we will make sure this issue is addressed swiftly,” Stuart Cain, chief executive at the stadium, added.

It is the second case of racism in recent years after Mohammed Siraj was abused by a section of Australian fans in the Gabba Test during the 2020-21 BGT Trophy.

Mohammad Siraj
Mohammad Siraj

Had an amazing three days watching Test cricket with some brilliant fans from both teams but today ruined the whole experience. Waited a long time for this Test match, what a sad ending,” a fan was also quoted as saying.

Final scores on Day 4:

India – 416-all out

England – 284-all out

India – 245-all out

England – 259/3 (Target: 378)

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