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ECB, Warwickshire launch probe into allegations of racial abuse at Edgbaston

Reports of alleged racial abuse at the Edgbaston ground have surfaced on Twitter, after day four of the rescheduled final Test between England and India. Police launched a criminal investigation when the matter came to light, and the Tweets went viral on social media.

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The racial abuse was alleged by multiple users on Twitter, gaining traction on Monday night after they were re-shared by Azeem Rafiq. Rafiq was the victim central to the Yorkshire racism controversy that blew up in 2020, and led to several players being charged by the ECB earlier this year, including former England players. Warwickshire and the ECB have also begun their own investigation into the matter.

The Edgbaston Twitter handle responded to Rafiq’s quote tweet with, “We’re incredible sorry to read this and do not condone this behaviour in anyway [sic]. We’ll be investigating this ASAP.”

The ECB also said in a statement: “We are very concerned to hear reports of racist abuse at today’s Test match. We are in contact with colleagues at Edgbaston who will investigate. There is no place for racism in cricket. Edgbaston has been working hard to create a safe and inclusive working environment.”

Stuart Cain, Chief Executive at Edgbaston, put out a statement as well, saying, “Any form of abuse isn’t acceptable in life or sport. So, I’m angry about the fact that people think it’s acceptable at an international cricket event and apologise for the distress it’s caused.”

“I have spoken to those who raised the issue on social media, the stewards managing the Eric Hollies Stand and the police. There has been a great atmosphere over five days involving more than 100,000 England and India fans but when this issue was reported to the stewards, they couldn’t pinpoint where the alleged abuse was coming from so stewards and the police monitored the area until close of play.”

“However, we actively support police action in alleged cases of abuse and have provided them with CCTV imagery and further information which has led to them launching a criminal investigation.”

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