The fifth Test match between India and England was nothing short of controversy as Indian fans faced racist abuse. The incident was reported to the Birmingham Police, upon which Warwickshire County Cricket Club launched an enquiry. The incident took place during India’s defeat to England at Edgbaston last Tuesday with number of Indian fans facing racist abuse.
Since the incident, Birmingham Police have arrested a man for “racially aggravated public order offence.” A 32-year-old man has now been condemned by the Birmingham Police and is facing charge from the authorities.
“A 32-year-old man has been arrested for a racially aggravated public order offence after reports of racist, abusive behavior at the Test match in Birmingham on Monday. He remains in custody for questioning,” Birmingham Police tweeted on Friday.
On the fourth day of the Edgabston Test, where India were in the box seat in the early hours later faced an uphill task to save the match. Fans took to the social media and were not happy with the incident and later made their anger fell. Indian fans had claimed that some British fans hurled racial taunts at them on Day 4, which was later met with angry reaction.
The investigation was launched by both Warwickshire County Cricket Club and Birmingham cricket and stated carry investigation.
“We’ve launched a criminal investigation into reports of racist, abusive behavior at the Test match in Birmingham,” a West Midlands Police spokesperson told Sky Sports News.
“We’re liaising with Edgbaston officials to understand what’s happened and would encourage anyone who heard any racist language or gestures, or have video footage that could help, to get in touch.
“We’re aware of images circulating on social media showing an alleged offender. We’re making enquiries to identify the person and would urge him to come forward and speak to us,” the police added.
It was also later confirmed that Warwickshire County Cricket Club had launched “undercover football crowd-style spotters” in order to keep close tabs on the culprits. The increasing number of racial abuse cases in the sport of football launched the concept of “undercover football crowd-style spotters.” This trend will now be observed in cricket, to minimize the growing incidents of racism in the sport.