August 13, 2022

Birmingham Police have arrested a person for “racially aggravated public order offence”, following allegations of racist abuse aimed toward Indian followers throughout the rescheduled fifth Check between India and England at Edgbaston.

The person, who’s in his early thirties, has been taken into custody for questioning.

Man in custody for questioning

“#ARREST | A 32-year-old man has been arrested for a racially aggravated public order offence after stories of racist, abusive behaviour on the take a look at match in #Birmingham on Monday. He stays in custody for questioning,” Birmingham Police tweeted on Friday.

A number of Indian followers had taken to Twitter to report the racist behaviour they endured throughout the fourth day’s play on Monday evening. They’d claimed that some British followers hurled racial taunts at them.

England gained the Check by seven wickets on Tuesday.

Legal probe initiated

“We have launched a legal investigation into stories of racist, abusive behaviour on the Check match in Birmingham,” a West Midlands Police spokesperson advised ‘Sky Sports activities Information.’ “We’re liaising with Edgbaston officers to grasp what’s occurred and would encourage anybody who heard any racist language or gestures, or has video footage that might assist, to get in contact.

“We’re conscious of pictures circulating on social media displaying an alleged offender. We’re making enquiries to establish the particular person and would urge him to come back ahead and communicate to us.” In a slew of measures, Warwickshire County Cricket Membership has determined to deploy “undercover soccer crowd-style spotters” within the stadium at Edgbaston, which may even host the second T20I between India and England on Saturday, to pay attention and report abusive behaviour.

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