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PCA's Angus Porter Tries To Play Down Moeen Boos

Moeen Ali plays a shot
PCA chief executive Angus Porter says that 'you'd rather be booed than ignored'
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Angus Porter, the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) chief executive, has responded to the reception that Moeen Ali received at Edgbaston on Saturday, playing down the boos he was subjected to.

Ali, born in Birmingham - as were his father and grandmother - was booed during the match by Indian supporters and a spectator subsequently made an official complaint.

However, no further action will be taken after the police treated it as a 'non-crime hate related incident' and Moeen himself will not make a complaint.

Responding to comments made by Moeen's father that he felt the boos were motiviated by Moeen's religion and ethnicity, Porter told the Press Association:

"His dad offered his view sincerely and I hope it doesn't stoke the fire because he was just standing up for his boy.

"There is an element of taking it as a compliment. You are more likely to boo someone when you think they are someone to be feared.

"Take it as as a positive, you'd rather be booed than ignored."

England went on to win the match by three runs, capping something of a recovery towards the end of the summer having been largely outplayed in the limited overs games.

Unfortunately, a thrilling match, which saw both Eoin Morgan and Virat Kohli score impressive half-centuries before MS Dhoni just failed to see his side over the line, has now been overshadowed by off-field events.

Porter added that although he was disappointed in the crowd's reaction, spectators voicing an opinion is part of the game.

"Supporters pay their money and they are entitled to express an opinion, but I don't think it's exclusively about Moeen," he said.

"You see other players get booed. Jimmy Anderson gets booed when he goes to Yorkshire and it's disappointing when players are performing as entertainers and doing their best. It would be great if spectators saw the positives."

And although he may be correct in pointing out that Moeen was not the sole target - Ravi Bopara was also booed - Porter's comments have quickly come in for a huge amount of criticism on social media, with plenty of commenters on Twitter unhappy with the tone and wording of his statement.

Later on, a further statement was issued by the PCA, in which Porter says:

"I would like to clarify comments I made in a telephone conversation with a reporter from the Press Association, which have been interpreted as meaning I do not regard racism as a serious matter.

"I want to make it clear I believe racist attitudes and behaviour are unacceptable, at any level, in professional cricket, or in any walk of life.

"Moeen Ali has the full support of the PCA, as do all our members."

© Cricket World 2014

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