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Edgbaston embroiled in ‘racism’ allegations

Fifth Test - England v India - Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain - July 4
Fifth Test - England v India - Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain - July 4
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On what has marred a keenly contested Test match, there have emerged some serious allegations about racism in the crowd at Edgbaston, on Monday.

Edgbaston officials say they are now investigating the allegations of racism in the crowd during day four of England's fifth Test against India.

A number of allegations were made on social media on Monday evening following the close of play.

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Said Stuart Cain, Chief Executive at Edgbaston:

“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. 

“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.”

 

The claims were highlighted by former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq, who said it was "disappointing to read", and flagged several of the allegations via retweets on his Twitter account.