IND vs NZ, WTC final: 2 fans evicted from Rose Bowl for racist remarks against NZ players
India and New Zealand are playing an equally competitive Test match in the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship final in Southampton. However, on Tuesday, a couple of fans were ousted from the Rose Bowl over making alleged racists remarks to Kiwis.
Southampton is currently witnessing an intense clash between India and New Zealand in the ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 final at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. While things are heating up on the field, some fans are taking things too far.
According to a report by ESPNCricinfo, a couple of fans from Block M were asked to leave after they allegedly hurled abuses at some of Kiwi players. The mentioned section of the venue happens to be just below the on-site hotel of the ground, while it is unclear if the abuse was directed towards the players in the hotel or field since the dressing room happens to be on the other side.
Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council released a statement on the entire incident, saying, "We received reports of abuse directed at the New Zealand players. Our security team were able to identify the culprits and they were ejected from the ground. We will not tolerate any sort of abusive behaviour in cricket."
As ICC awaits the security report from the ground, it came to know about the incident on social media after some alleged that a couple of guys were hurling both general and racist abuse towards some Kiwi players. It is also being presumed that some of it may have been heard on television.
Nonetheless, Kiwi pacer Tim Southee has revealed that none of his teammates was aware of the incident. "No, it's the first I've heard of it. The game is always played in a good spirit on the field. We're not sure obviously what's happening off the field," he said during the post-day press conference.
It happens to be the second incident of fans being removed from a venue over alleged racism this year. The earlier incident too involved India when during the Sydney Test, a section of the fans was asked to leave after Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj complained to the on-field umpires regarding racist hurls at him.
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