CSA issue statement on Tahir racial abuse incident

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Cricket South Africa have responded to videos circulating on social media that appear to show an unnamed man racially abusing Proteas spinner Imran Tahir and his response at the Wanderers on Saturday.

In accordance with ICC and CSA regulations the man was identified and ejected from the stadium, whether further action will be taken will be determined by an investigation into the matter.

The statement from the CSA read: “Cricket South Africa has noted and is aware of the circulation of video footage featuring Imran Tahir on social media and Whatsapp groups.

“Imran Tahir was verbally and racially abused by an unknown man during the fourth One-Day International (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.”