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Racism row hits India-England Test, local authorities vow swift action

Edgbaston cricket authorities say that they are gutted by the racist abuse reports (Image courtesy: Twitter/@AnilSehmi)

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has said that the Warwickshire County Cricket Club and the Edgbaston Stadium is investigating the incident of several Indian fans facing racist abuse during Day 4 of the fifth Test between England and India on Monday.

"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," ECB said in a statement.

Alleging racist abuse, one of the fans had tweeted: “Racist behaviour at @Edgbaston towards Indian fans in block 22 Eric Hollies. People calling us Curry C**ts and paki bas****s. We reported it to the stewards and showed them the culprits at least 10 times but no response and all we were told is to sit in our seats. @ECB_cricket”. racism

The English cricket authorities said that Edgbaston has been working hard to create a safe and inclusive environment.

“I’m gutted by these reports as we’re working hard to make Edgbaston a safe, welcoming environment for all. Having seen the initial tweets, I’ve spoken personally to the gentleman who raised them and we’re now speaking to the stewards in this area to establish what happened," said Stuart Cain, Chief Executive at Edgbaston.

“Nobody should be subject to any form of abuse at Edgbaston. So, once we’ve got all the facts, we will make sure this issue is addressed swiftly,” he added.

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