New Delhi: South Africa spinner Imran Tahir was racially abused by an allegedly Indian fan during the fourth One-Day International (ODI) against Virat Kohli’s men, Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed on Monday. It should be noted that Tahir did not feature in the rain-curtailed match that India lost by five wickets in Johannesburg on Saturday.
“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 was verbally and racially abused by an unknown man during the fourth ODI against India at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Saturday. Tahir reported the incident to the stadium security and was subsequently accompanied by two security personnel to identify and to have the man ejected from the stadium.
“Tahir made no physical contact with the offender or any of the children in the vicinity. The incident is under investigation with the CSA and stadium security teams.
“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,” CSA added.
Here’s the video of the incident:
The video shows Tahir in a heated argument with a group of fans, one of them donning an Indian jersey. Also, no physical altercation between the two sides is visible in the clip.
The fan, according to a Cricbuzz report, was eventually thrown out of the stadium premises after Tahir reported the incident to the security officials.
According to Tahir, the fan was an Indian.
Mohammed Moosajee, the South Africa team manager, said Tahir was abused by the individual throughout the match and there were some “hostile verbal exchanges”.
“We want to get an idea from the stadium security perspective, their input into what happened. Once we have an understanding of that, then we’ll be able to have a better idea of things,” Moosajee was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. (With IANS inputs)