ECB extremely disturbed with racist chants aimed at Archer
England Cricket Board (ECB) have expressed their disturbance because of the unruly behaviour from spectators during the Manchester Test of the ongoing Ashes series.
In the ongoing Ashes, jeers and booes have been a quite common scenario from the fans especially when it comes to Steve Smith and David Warner. But it has come down to the English fast bowler Jofra Archer as well as a fan left the ground after hearing a racist song from a group of fans during the fourth Test which was aimed at England fast bowler Jofra Archer.
The fan complained to the board and also claimed that the same group of homophobic slurs aimed at players and sexist chants directed at women.
After hearing the allegations, ECB released a statement regarding the issue and said that they are extremely disturbed with the behaviour.
“The ECB is extremely disturbed to hear that a report was made regarding anti-social behaviour from a group of spectators during the fourth … Ashes test match at Emirates Old Trafford. We are currently working alongside Lancashire to understand the specifics of this case.
ECB works closely with all First Class Counties to ensure that clear guidelines are in place at every venue so that watching a cricket match is safe and enjoyable for everyone. Venues are responsible for the stewarding operation at matches but we have a number of measures in place to continually improve standards, including contracting the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) to audit all venues, adopting the ICC’s anti-racism and discriminatory behaviour code, and working with Drink Aware to support their alcohol management policy.
While this is a relatively isolated incident there is absolutely no place for anti-social behaviour within the game and it is vitally important that all spectators feel able to come forward to report anti-social behaviour and feel safe in doing so.”
The incident comes after two Aussie fans were ejected on the first day of the fourth Test for using “foul and abusive” language towards Archer.