Racial Abuse Is Absolutely Unacceptable: Virat Kohli

Racial Abuse Is Absolutely Unacceptable: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, Mike Gatting
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Virat Kohli, addressing the racial abuse being subjected at Indian players at SCG, said racial abuse is absolutely unacceptable and needs to be looked at with absolute urgency.

India skipper Virat Kohli called it the peak of rowdy behaviour after some spectators directed racial abuse at Indian players during the third Test and were expelled from the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Twitter.

Virat Kohli: Racial Abuse Is Absolutely Unacceptable

Virat Kohli, in a series of tweets, addressed the racial incident directed at Mohammed Siraj by the Sydney Cricket Ground crowd in the third Test of the four-match Test series.

“Racial abuse is absolutely unacceptable. Having gone through many incidents of really pathetic things said on the boundary Iines, this is the absolute peak of rowdy behaviour. It’s sad to see this happen on the field,” Virat Kohli tweeted.

“The incident needs to be looked at with absolute urgency and seriousness and strict action against the offenders should set things straight for once.”

Mohammed Siraj.
Mohammed Siraj. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Mohammed Siraj was called ‘brown dog’ by a section of supporters at the Sydney Cricket Ground, according to team sources. Indian players are unhappy with the series of incidents at the SCG over the last 2 days.

The play was halted for more than 10 minutes on Sunday morning in 4th day’s play as Mohammed Siraj alleged racist abuse and complained to the on-field umpires. Senior India players, including captain Ajinkya Rahane, and the two Australian batsmen were discussing with Mohammed Siraj and the umpires.

At least 5 people were evicted from the Sydney Cricket Ground after Mohammed Siraj pointed out the section of the SCG crowd from where the abuses were being hurled. Security officials acted in haste and the television cameras showed the supporters being removed from the stands.

Ravichandran Ashwin Have Faced Racism In Sydney Earlier

Ravichandran Ashwin, off-spinner said he has been on the receiving end of nasty abuses from the Sydney crowd in the past as well while reacting to allegations of racist abuse against fast bowler Mohammed Siraj on Day 3 and 4 of the Sydney Test.

“Have faced racism in Sydney earlier; needs to be dealt with an iron fist,” Ashwin told the press urging strict action against the repeat offenders at the SCG.

Ravichandran Ashwin,
Ravichandran Ashwin. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Ravichandran Ashwin, off-spinner of India on Sunday (January 10) said racist abuse from the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground is not new and needs to be dealt with an iron fist.