Australia v India: ICC investigates alleged racist abuse while fans also ejected

India’s Mohammed Siraj alerted the umpires to further alleged abuse on day four

Cricket chiefs are investigating claims India players received racist abuse from crowd members on day three of the third Test against Australia, while six people were ejected on day four.

India team staff reported alleged racist abuse against bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj on Saturday.

In a further incident on Sunday, play was halted for 10 minutes after Siraj told the umpires of more alleged abuse.

Cricket Australia and New South Wales police are investigating this incident.

Siraj walked in from fine leg shortly before the tea break to speak to team-mates and umpires Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson before pointing to a section of the Sydney Cricket Ground crowd.

Police subsequently removed six spectators from the stadium, although it is not yet clear what had been said to Siraj.

CA’s head of integrity and security Sean Carroll said the allegations would be investigated “to their fullest extent”.

“The abuse of cricketers by crowd members is not acceptable,” he said. “We thank the Indian team for their vigilance in reporting Sunday’s incident, which we are now in the process of investigating.

“While we await the outcome of the investigation by NSW Police, CA has launched its own inquiry into the matter.

“It is most regrettable that an otherwise excellent Test match contested in tremendous spirit by two friendly rivals has been tarnished by the actions of a small number of spectators over the past two days.

“As hosts, we once again apologise to the Indian team.”

India captain Virat Kohli, who only played the first Test of the series before returning home for the birth of his first child, said the allegations need to be “looked at with absolutely urgency” and “strict action” should be taken against the offenders.

“Racial abuse is absolutely unacceptable,” he said on social media.

“Having gone through many incidents of really pathetic things said on the boundary lines, this is the absolute peak of rowdy behaviour. It’s sad to see this happen on the field.”

India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said his side have had “nasty” experiences in Sydney on previous tours but this was the first time “where they have gone one step ahead and used racial abuses”.

He added: “It’s definitely not acceptable in this day and age and it must be dealt with an iron fist to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Australia coach Justin Langer said the incidents were “upsetting” and “disappointing”.

“One of my greatest pet hates in life is that people think they can come to a sporting event and think they can abuse or say whatever they like,” he said.

“I hated it as a player, I hate it as a coach. We’ve seen it in different parts of the world and I’m really sad to see it happen in Australia.”

Referring to the alleged racist abuse on Saturday in an earlier statement, CA said it “reaffirmed its zero-tolerance policy towards discriminatory behaviour in all forms”.

Carroll said: “If you engage in racist abuse, you are not welcome in Australian cricket.

“CA is awaiting the outcome of the International Cricket Council’s investigation into the matter reported at the SCG on Saturday.

“Once those responsible are identified, CA will take the strongest measures possible under our Anti-Harassment code, including lengthy bans, further sanctions and referral to New South Wales police.

“As series hosts, we unreservedly apologise to our friends in the Indian cricket team and assure them we will prosecute the matter to its fullest extent.”

Indian team management spoke to CA chief executive Nick Hockley and Carroll after the close of play on day three.

A group of India players, including captain Ajinkya Rahane, also spoke to the umpires.

Members of the India team staff talked to Bumrah while he was fielding on the boundary towards the end of the final session.

Bumrah and Siraj were also seen talking to officials from Cricket Australia, the International Cricket Council and stadium security.

The crowd has been limited to 10,000 fans per day because of social distancing measures at the SCG, which has a maximum capacity of 48,000.

India closed day four on 98-2, requiring 309 more runs to win after Australia declared on 312-6, setting the tourists an unlikely 407 for victory.

The four-match series is level at 1-1.

India staff speak to Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley (far left) after the close of play on day three of the third Test
India staff spoke to Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley (far left) after the close of play on day three of the third Test
India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj speaks to Cricket Australia staff after day three of the third Test
India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj spoke to Cricket Australia staff after day three of the third Test

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Cricket Australia 2021: Australia v India, day four, third Test, SCG, fans ejected by police, abuse from crowd, Mohammed Siraj

Play was interrupted during day four of the third Test between India and Australia with six people ejected and New South Wales police investigating an incident in the SCG crowd.

After end of day three was marred with allegations of abuse from the crowd that sparked a complaint from Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah, play was stopped midway through Sunday afternoon’s play just before tea.

Bumrah was running in to bowl when captain Ajinkya Rahane and keeper Wriddhiman Saha indicated for him to pull up.

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Siraj had come off the boundary at fine leg and gesticulated, making a complaint to the umpires and pointed towards the crowd.

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Supporters ejected from SCG during Australia India Test after Indian player’s complaint on day four

A group of spectators have been ejected from the Sydney Cricket Ground after play was delayed when Indian bowler Mohammed Siraj complained to the umpire.

The Indian bowler was fielding at the fine-leg boundary when he left his position mid-over to talk with umpire Paul Wilson.

The umpire then spoke to ground staff and the police as play was delayed for about nine minutes.

New South Wales Police then escorted a group of four men, then another group of two people, out of the stand.

Siraj was one of two Indian players, along with Jasprit Bumrah, who made complaints of racial vilification after yesterday’s play.

India’s captain Ajinkya Rahane and other senior players spoke to the umpires at the end of the third day’s play as they walked from the field.

India’s coach Ravi Shastri, captain Rahane and vice-captain Rohit Sharma spoke to several ground and ICC officials, including match referee David Boon, before Siraj and Bumrah also came out and spoke to security staff.

Indian players point towards a section of the crowd after the incident.(Supplied: Fox Sports)

Cricket Australia released a statement shortly after the incident on Sunday, condemning the alleged racial abuse of Indian players that had occurred on Saturday.

“Cricket Australia condemns in the strongest terms possible all discriminatory behaviour,” Sean Carroll, Cricket Australia’s head of integrity and security, said in a statement released at tea, shortly after the incident took place.

“CA is awaiting the outcome of the International Cricket Council’s investigation into the matter reported at the SCG on Saturday.

“Once those responsible are identified, CA will take the strongest measures possible under our anti-harassment code, including lengthy bans, further sanctions and referral to NSW Police.

“As series hosts, we unreservedly apologise to our friends in the Indian cricket team and assure them we will prosecute the matter to its fullest extent.”

Philip Heads of the SCG Trust said the body was looking into who was responsible.

Speaking on ABC Grandstand, former Australia bowler Stuart Clark said racism was not acceptable.

“It’s unacceptable behaviour at any level, let alone at a cricket game,” Clark said.

“It wasn’t acceptable 50 years ago and it’s certainly not acceptable now.”

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Javon Wims, punch, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, reaction, sucker punch, ejected

Sometimes the tension of a match can get to a player, and then there is the Chicago Bears’ Javon Wims.

A bizarre brawl was sparked in the third quarter of the New Orleans Saints’ 26-23 overtime win over the Bears when it seemed Wims just jogged up to Saints defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and threw a wild punch.

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Wims tapped Gardner-Johnson on the chest before throwing a haymaker with his right hand.

Gardner-Johnson appeared to be stunned before Wims went again and teammates descended to break up the incident.

Commentators, coaches and nearly everyone in the stadium appeared to be stunned by the moment as the wide receiver was booted out of the game.

Bears coach Matt Nagy still appeared stunned after the game had finished.

“I am really, really bothered, by that third-quarter incident,“ Bears coach Matt Nagy said, according to the NFL Network. ”It bothers me. I’m proud of the guys that played hard. The guys that were selfless.”

He also added: “We’ve talked to him and told him that that’s not how things go here. One of Javon’s strengths is his character, who he is as a person. He’s since apologised. … There’s no part of that in this game.

“Again, I still haven’t seen it, but from what I’ve heard, it’s not good. That’s not how we roll here. We’ll be talking to him.”

Saints coach Sean Payten was equally shocked by the incident and praised his players for not letting it affect them.

“We just had to be smart and not allow that to dictate or have a part in the conclusion of the game, in who wins or loses,” said Payton. ”That just takes discipline. … Fortunately it didn’t impact any of our players.”

It’s still not clear what caused the wild moment with USA Today floating the idea that it may have been that Gardner-Johnson mocked Bears running back Tarik Cohen last year, holding his hand up as if he was measuring the Bear. argued it may have been as a result of Gardner-Johnson exchanging words with Anthony Miller, with the Saint sticking his finger in Miller’s face.

It could also be from a moment before Wims’ retribution when Gardner-Johnson ripped Wims’ mouthguard off.

Either way, seems a bit of an over-reaction that only ends up hurting Wims’ hand and his bank account with the expectation he will be fined and/or suspended for the incident.

Whatever it was, the moment quickly went viral with players and fans alike unsure what they just saw.

Fans were also quick to get to his Wikipedia page, changing Wims’ page to read: “He made his professional boxing debut against the New Orleans Saints”. His position was also changed to “Boxer” in his bio.


Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns, and the Steelers remained the NFL’s only undefeated club by edging the host Baltimore Ravens 28-24 on Sunday.

Pittsburgh’s Robert Spillane returned an interception at 33 yards for a touchdown only 54 seconds into the game as the Steelers improved to 7-0 on the NFL season, their best start since 1978.

“Much respect to Baltimore, they bring the best out in us,” said Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin. “This rivalry is what it is. Hopefully, it was entertaining to football fans worldwide.” Lamar Jackson threw for 208 yards and two Baltimore touchdowns and ran 16 times for 65 yards, but the Ravens fell to 5-2 and two games adrift of the Steelers in the AFC North division.

Baltimore seized a 17-7 halftime lead on Jackson’s six-yard touchdown pass to Miles Boykin, a Gus Edwards one-yard touchdown run and a 51-yard Justin Tucker field goal.

But Roethlisberger, who completed 21 of 32 passes, found Eric Ebron on an 18-yard touchdown pass, and James Conner added a one-yard touchdown run to lift the Steelers ahead 21-17 entering the fourth quarter.

The Ravens answered on Jackson’s three-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Brown, but “Big Ben” struck again midway into the final period on an eight-yard touchdown toss to Chase Claypool, and a Jackson throw into the end zone on the final play fell incomplete to seal Pittsburgh’s triumph.

“It’s big,” linebacker T.J. Watt said. “These are very hard wins to come by in the National Football League. Every team is phenomenal, and an in-division game like this, a rivalry like this, to be able to walk out of a building on the road with a win gives us a lot of momentum.”


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Jamal Murray emotional interview, Morris ejected for Doncic hit

NBA scoring machine Jamal Murray has broken down in tears in an emotional post-game interview following his Game 6 heroics against the Utah Jazz.

Murray put on a historic clinic to lead the Denver Nuggets to a thrilling win over the Jazz on Monday — forcing a series-deciding Game 7.

Murray’s crazy point-scoring blitz tied the series at 3-3 after he went berserk in the second half to finish with 50 points and a series of records not seen since Michael Jordan in the 119-107 win.

Murray put up 21 points in the fourth quarter to go past 50 points for the second time this series. His astonishing performance saw some amazing records fall, including:

— Muray is now the fourth player in the history of the NBA Playoffs to record multiple 50-point games in the same series, joining Donovan Mitchell (200), Jordan (1988) and Allen Iverson (2001); and

— Murray is the first player since Iverson (in 2001) to score more than 40 points in three straight playoff games.

At the other end, Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell continued his unstoppable run, putting up 44 points. But he couldn’t go with Murray late as the Denver star shot 17 of 24 from the field, including a red-hot nine of 12 from beyond the arc.

However, it was his display after the game that grabbed the most attention.

Murray was left in tears when trying to describe the emotion of the win in the wake of NBA players’ decision to strike last week to protest police shootings in the black community.

Murray knelt over when asked his first question and struggled to answer for several seconds.

When asked to explain his clear emotion, Murray pointed to his adidas shoes, which showed images of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

Taylor was shot by police while sleeping in her bed, while Floyd’s police murder caught on film sparked international protests.

“These shoes mean a lot,” he said before breaking down in tears.

He then repeated: “These shoes mean a lot”.

The on-court interviewer tried to console him despite being separated by several metres in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Take a deep breath Jamal. You were outstanding tonight. We understand these are tough times,” he said.

Murray continued to be overwhelmed by the emotion of the NBA’s support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I just want to win. You have to hold things that have value to you. Things to fight for. And we found something worth fighting for. These shoes are a symbol to keep fighting for all around the world,” he said.

“They give me a lot of power to keep fighting. We want to win. I show my emotion and it comes out.”

“These shoes give me life. Even though these people are gone. They give me life. They give me strength to keep fighting in this world.”


The LA Clippers weren’t going to let Luka Doncic perform another miracle — no matter what it took.

Marcus Morris was ejected for a cheap shot on the Mavericks star who produced 39 points, nine assists and nine rebounds but couldn’t save Dallas from a 111-97 defeat that ended its season.

Morris had been accused of deliberately trying to injure Doncic earlier in the series and continued his hard-nosed approach by swinging his arm hard into Doncic’s neck and head in the first quarter. He was ejected from the game.

“It was a terrible play. What can I say?” Doncic said. “It’s two games in a row he did something like that. I really hoped the first game it wasn’t on purpose, but looking back on the foul this game, you know what I think. I don’t want to deal with that kind of player.”

“The play speaks for itself,” added Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. “As soon as this play happened in real time, I knew he was getting ejected.”

Still, the Clippers advanced to the second round, capturing their series 4-2, largely because of Kawhi Leonard, last year’s NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, who had 33 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and five steals.

“Just got to my spots and put up the shot with confidence and it went in,” Leonard said after his fifth 30-point game in a row. “Just kept giving it to me and it went in with confidence.”

The Clippers opened the second half with a 20-3 run for a 77-54 edge, saw the lead trimmed to 88-82 early in the fourth in a Doncic-led fightback only to pull away again down the stretch.

The Clippers will play the winner of the series decider between Denver and Utah after the Nuggets forced Game 7 on Monday.


Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart each scored 21 points to lead the Boston Celtics over defending champion Toronto 112-94 in Monday’s opening game of their second-round NBA playoff series.

Kemba Walker added 18 points and 10 assists for the Celtics, who also had 17 points from Jaylen Brown plus 13 points and 15 rebounds from Daniel Theis.

“Marcus today was unbelievable on both ends,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “All our guys played with great purpose, great enthusiasm.”

Boston frustrated Toronto shooters, the Raptors going 31-of-84 from the floor and 10-of-40 from 3-point range — the most 3-point misses ever by Toronto in a playoff contest.

“We just didn’t play well enough to win,” said guard Kyle Lowry, who led Toronto with 17 points despite a sore left ankle. “We’ve got to do our coverages harder, execute better.”

Smart had 10 points and Brown nine in the first quarter as the Celtics seized a 39-23 advantage.

“I got a great look off the first one and kept it going the rest of the night,” Smart said.

The Raptors pulled within nine in the second quarter but the Celtics stretched the lead beyond 20 points early in the third quarter and stayed in command to the finish.

The Celtics were without Gordon Hayward, who is out until late September with a right ankle injury.


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