India complains of racist crowd abuse in Sydney test: reports

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India has reportedly filed a lawsuit after Australia’s third test in Sydney was marred by allegations of racist abuse of the team by sections of the crowd.

The incident happened late in the third day on Saturday with fast bowlers Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah apparently the target as they were lined up by the ropes.

Reports in Australia have indicated that the International Cricket Council is investigating a complaint against referee David Boon, although this has not yet been confirmed.

The Times of India newspaper said fans were drunk.

“Bumrah and Siraj have been called monkeys, wankers and mothers ***** by people almost the entire time they were in the field,” he said.

The Indian and Australian cricket councils have yet to comment, but Australian tall Shane Warne has called the crowd shameful.

“Shameful to be honest, absolutely shameful,” he said commenting on the game on Sunday. “Hopefully they come down heavily and find the culprits. ”

Only 10,000 fans – a quarter of capacity – are allowed into Sydney cricket ground each day due to coronavirus concerns, making their chants and screams more clearly heard.

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