Warwickshire, ECB investigate reports of racist abuse in crowd at Edgbaston

Warwickshire and the ECB are investigating stories of racist abuse on the fourth day of the rescheduled fifth males’s Check between England and India at Edgbaston which emerged on social media on Monday evening.

A number of supporters made claims on Twitter that that they had suffered racist abuse from different followers in the course of the fourth day, which have been highlighted by Azeem Rafiq, the whistleblower whose allegations of a tradition of institutional racism have seen Yorkshire charged with bringing the sport into disrepute.

The official Edgbaston account stated in a response to certainly one of Rafiq’s tweets: “We’re unbelievable sorry to learn this and don’t condone this behaviour in anyway [sic]. We’ll be investigating this ASAP.”

The ECB added in a press release: “We’re very involved to listen to stories of racist abuse at at the moment’s Check match. We’re in touch with colleagues at Edgbaston who will examine.

“There isn’t any place for racism in cricket. Edgbaston has been working exhausting to create a secure and inclusive working setting.”

Warwickshire County Cricket Membership launched a press release on Monday evening during which Stuart Cain, the chief government, stated: “I am gutted by these stories as we’re working exhausting to make Edgbaston a secure, welcoming setting for all.

“Having seen the preliminary tweets, I’ve spoken personally to the gentleman who raised them and we’re now chatting with the stewards on this space to ascertain what occurred. No person needs to be topic to any type of abuse at Edgbaston. So, as soon as we have all of the details, we are going to make sure that this challenge is addressed swiftly.”

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