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New vision has emerged on social media which goes some way to explaining exactly what happened in yesterday's incident involving Mohammed Siraj and six Australian cricket fans.
Play during Day 4 of the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground was halted when umpires were made aware that racial abuse had reportedly been hurled in the direction of Indian bowler Siraj.
Six Aussie fans were ultimately removed from the ground by security and later question by police over the incident.
Cricket Australia has since made a public apology to the visiting Indian players with an investigation into the matter still underway.
And while some witnesses have taken to social media to claim that it was all just light-hearted banter, the Board for Cricket Control in India (BCCI) thinks otherwise.
An anonymous BCCI source told Press Trust of India: "Siraj was referred to as 'brown dog' and 'big monkey', both of which are racist slurs. The matter was immediately brought to the notice of on-field umpires. They were constantly abusing (Jasprit) Bumrah too."
Some of the biggest names in cricket, including Indian great Sachin Tendulkar, have come out and condemned the abuse.
SPORT is meant to UNITE us, not DIVIDE us.
Cricket never discriminates. The bat & ball recognizes talent of the person holding them - not race, colour, religion or nationality. Those who don't understand this have NO PLACE in a sporting arena.@ICC @BCCI @CricketAus #racism
- Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 10, 2021
But while authorities try and piece together the evidence to figure out what exactly was said, one online clip claims to have "proof".
The morning after the incident, a video surfaced on social media of someone filming the incident from the stands.
And while the clip itself is only short, you can hear constant chants from the SCG crowd of "Siraj! Siraj! Siraj!" and "Siraj, give us a wave!"
Fans flocked to the comments section of the post to debate whether they heard "brown dog" being yelled.
Well this is some proof......
#INDvsAUS #racism #AUSvINDtest pic.twitter.com/NL47ztRfOZ
- Rithvik Shetty (@Shetty10Rithvik) January 10, 2021
Fellow Indian bowler Ravi Ashwin has since come out and said he has suffered from years of abuse while visiting Down Under to play cricket for his country.
"This is my fourth tour of Australia and in Sydney we have had a few experiences, even in the past," Ashwin said.
"I think one of the fans, the players have reacted and got into trouble in the past.
"That is because the way the crowd have been speaking, especially in the lower part of the stands.
"They have been quite nasty and hurling abuse as well.
The incident needs to be looked at with absolute urgency and seriousness and strict action against the offenders should set things straight for once.
- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 10, 2021
"There is a time where they have gone one step ahead and used racial abuse."
Cricket Australia's head of integrity and security Sean Carroll described the incident as "not acceptable" and says the sport's governing body has launched a full investigation.
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@Shetty10Rithvik
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