South African spinner Imran Tahir was subject of racial abuse in the fourth ODI of the six-match series against India at Johannesburg. Cricket South Africa has confirmed the veteran bowler was racially abused by an unidentified man in the stands.
Imran Tahir was verbally and racially abused by an unknown fan in the stands during the fourth ODI at the Johannesburg. The leg-spinner then reported the incident to the stadium security, who then handled the matter by taking the man to the custody. The man was later thrown out of the Stadium. The matter is still not closed as Cricket South Africa (CSA) and stadium security teams are investigating the matter.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) is investigating the matter
In the official press release, Cricket South Africa has confirmed they are still looking at the entire issue. “In accordance with the ICC Anti-racism code, spectators who engage in racist conduct are to be ejected from the stadium and can face further sanctions and criminal prosecution,” said the statement.
Cricket South Africa has also made it clear they are very much aware of the video footage in which the unidentified man is racially abusing South African bowler Imran Tahir. “Cricket South Africa has noted and is aware of the circulation of video footage featuring Imran Tahir on social media and Whatsapp groups,” CSA said in a release.
Imran Tahir has been subjected to such behaviour in the past as well. During the 2015 ICC World Cup, the fans at Manuka Oval had a go at Tahir with one of the fans shouting “Why don’t you go stroke your pet camel?” at him. Tahir had faced a similar incident at the same venue during the 2014 tour as well.
Watch the video of Imran Tahir being racially abused