Very unfortunate to see what’s happening at SCG. There is no place for this rubbish. Never understood the need to yell abuse at players on a sporting field.. If you’re not here to watch the game and can’t be respectful, then pls don’t come and spoil the atmosphere. #AUSvIND
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 10, 2021
Cricketer Muhammad Siraj had faced racial abuse at the hands of fans while playing in Australia. The incident took place when India played the third match with Australia in Sydney Cricket Ground. The play stopped for a while as the incident took place.
Disappointing to see that my teammates were subjected to racial abuse repeatedly in Sydney. There is no place for racism in today’s world and it is not acceptable. I hope that strict action is taken against those who misbehaved. #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/pKZA9Y0gfv
— Mohammad Shami (@MdShami11) January 10, 2021
Tum karo toh Sarcasm , aur koi Kare toh Racism .
Very unfortunate with what some of the Australian crowd has been doing at the SCG and spoiling the vibes of a good test series. pic.twitter.com/mrDTbX4t7i
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 10, 2021
On Day 4, the play was stopped for a few minutes after the Indian team protested that few spectators allegedly used racial slur in Mohammed Siraj during the second session.
Security authorities removed a group of spectators from the ground. This occurred the day after India lodged a case of ethnic discrimination against two of its pacemakers, Jasprit Bumrah and Siraj.
The International Cricket Council condemned the incident.
“We have a robust anti-discrimination policy in place that Members must abide by and maintain commitment to by fans and we welcome the steps taken by ground authorities and by Cricket Australia today,” read the ICC announcement.
ICC has strong objections to such incidents at SCG, has gone further to ask Cricket Australia for report on Mohammed Siraj as he was exposed to racist harassment by the Sydney crowd on Day 4 of the Third Test on Sunday.