• Tahir hits back at racial abuse

    Imran Tahir
    Imran Tahir

    CSA released a statement after a video was circulated showing Imran Tahir lashing out at fans at the Wanderers. 

    In the video, he is seen angrily remonstrating with fans in the stands after he was allegedly racially abused during the fourth ODI against India. The audio is indistinct, but Tahir was obviously distressed by what was said. He was escorted away from the scene by security personnel.

    CSA sent out a press release regarding the incident on Monday.

    ‘Cricket South Africa has noted and is aware of the circulation of video footage featuring Imran Tahir on social media and Whatsapp groups.

    ‘He was verbally and racially abused by an unknown man during the fourth One-Day International 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 the man and have him ejected from the stadium. Imran 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.’

    Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee, confirmed that Tahir has identified the guilty fan as an India supporter.

    The ICC will investigate the incident further, but Tahir is safe from any sanction.

    Photo:  Philip Brown/Getty Images

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