Cricket Australia and NSW police have launched an investigation into allegations of racism during the Third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Indian cricket side launched an official complaint after play on Saturday, after bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj complained of hearing racist slurs.
On Sunday, police then pounced on a small crowd of fans, who were ejected from the stadium after also allegedly hurling abuse.
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In an official statement released overnight, Cricket Australia apologised to the Indian team and confirmed they will be investigating the incident “to the fullest extent”.
“Cricket Australia has reaffirmed its zero tolerance policy towards discriminatory behaviour in all forms following the alleged racial abuse of members of the Indian cricket squad by a section of the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground,” Cricket Australia said.
While Head of Integrity and Security Sean Carroll said anyone who sought to vilify or harass had no place in Australian cricket.
“Cricket Australia condemns in the strongest terms possible all discriminatory behaviour,” Carroll said.
“If you engage in racist abuse, you are not welcome in Australian Cricket.
“We are awaiting the outcome of the International Cricket Council’s investigation into the matter reported at the SCG on Saturday. Once those responsible are identified, CA will take the strongest measures possible under our Anti-Harrasment code, including lengthy bans, further sanctions and referral to NSW Police.
“As series hosts, we unreservedly apologise to our friends in the Indian cricket team and assure them we will prosecute the matter to its fullest extent.”