Warwickshire will deploy ‘undercover observers’ to the second T20 between India and England at Edgbaston following allegations of racist behavior in the crowd at the fifth Test this week, the county announced on Thursday.
Several Indian fans have alleged incidents of racial abuse accused by other fans on the sidelines of the rescheduled fifth Test here which England won by seven wickets to draw 2-2.
“Crowd-style undercover football observers will be stationed throughout the stadium to listen for abusive behavior and report it for immediate action,” the club said in a statement.
Warwickshire, headquartered in Edgbaston, also announced a series of measures to tackle racial abuse.
Other measures include increased police presence at games to quickly deal with incidents, racial awareness through the Edgbaston mobile app, attaching QR code stickers to every seat in the Eric Hollies booth linking people to the app, the promoting zero tolerance messaging on the back of stewards’ high visibility jackets and encouraging fans entering the Eric Hollies stand to wear zero tolerance wristbands.
The club also said it will continue to publicly denounce any racist behaviour, and anyone found guilty of committing a hate crime will be banned from Edgbaston and the ECB will extend the ban to all cricket grounds under its jurisdiction. . Warwickshire chief executive Stuart Cain said the club needed to work harder to take responsibility for ensuring “everyone feels safe and welcome watching the game”. ” Cain said.
“But we cannot hide from the senseless racist abuse suffered by some fans who follow India in the Eric Hollies stand,” he added. “These unacceptable actions by a small number of people have overshadowed a superb sporting competition, and those responsible do not deserve to be part of the cricketing family.” India take on England in a three-game T20 series which kicks off at Southampton later on Thursday.
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