South African star Imran Tahir was subjected to racial abuse during the fourth ODI against India at Johannesburg by an unknown man in the crowds. The man in question was ousted from the stadium after the incident.
"Cricket South Africa has noted and is aware of the circulation of video footage featuring Imran Tahir on social media and Whatsapp groups," said a statement released by Cricket South Africa.
"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 2015, during their World Cup game against Ireland, Tahir was the victim of a barrage of slurs from fans at the boundary, although the South African team had stated that the taunts were not 'derogatory'. The incident in the fourth ODI, however, was brought to notice to the stadium security.
"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 stated.
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