India tour of Australia: Virat Kohli, addressing the racial abuse being subjected at Indian players at SCG, said racial abuse is absolutely unacceptable and needs to be looked at with absolute urgency.
Racial abuse is absolutely unacceptable, sad to see this: Virat Kohli (AFP Photo)
- Virat Kohli urged strict action against the offenders of SCG incident
- The incident needs to be looked at with absolute urgency: Virat Kohli
- Racial abuse is absolutely unacceptable, sad to see this: Virat Kohli
India skipper Virat Kohli called it the peak of rowdy behaviour after some spectators directed racial abuse at Indian players during the third Test and were expelled from the Sydney Cricket Ground. Kohli, in a series of tweets, addressed the racial incident directed at Mohammed Siraj by the Sydney Cricket Ground crowd in the third Test of the four-match Test series.
“Racial abuse is absolutely unacceptable. Having gone through many incidents of really pathetic things said on the boundary Iines, this is the absolute peak of rowdy behaviour. It’s sad to see this happen on the field,” Virat Kohli tweeted.
“The incident needs to be looked at with absolute urgency and seriousness and strict action against the offenders should set things straight for once.
The incident needs to be looked at with absolute urgency and seriousness and strict action against the offenders should set things straight for once.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 10, 2021
Mohammed Siraj was called ‘brown dog’ by a section of supporters at the Sydney Cricket Ground, team sources told India Today. India players are not happy with the series of incidents at the SCG over the last 2 days.
Play was stopped for more than 10 minutes on Sunday morning as Siraj alleged racist abuse and complained to the on-field umpires. Senior India players, including captain Ajinkya Rahane, and the two Australian batsmen were having a discussion with Siraj and the umpires.
At least 5 people were evicted from the Sydney Cricket Ground after Siraj pointed out the part of the SCG crowd from where the abuses were being hurled. Security officials acted quickly and the television cameras showed the supporters being removed from the stands.
Ravichandran Ashwin said he has been on the receiving end of nasty abuses from the Sydney crowd in the past as well while reacting to allegations of racist abuse against fast bowler Mohammed Siraj on Day 3 and 4 of the Sydney Test.
“Have faced racism in Sydney earlier; needs to be dealt with an iron fist,” Ashwin told the press urging strict action against the repeat offenders at the SCG.