England Cricket Board, ECB disturbed by allegations of racist chanting during Ashes Test
The Board of Cricket of England and Wales (ECB) is “extremely disturbed” by allegations of racist chants and sexist and homophobic abuse by spectators during the fourth Ashes Test against Australia at Old Trafford.
British media reported that a supporter had left the ground on the second day of the Trial on Thursday after hearing a section of fans singing a racist song about the Barbados-born fast-bowler Jofra Archer England.
The viewer, in a letter of complaint to the ECB, also said that women were subjected to sexist chants while the same group of people directed homophobic abuse to some players.
“The ECB is extremely disturbed to hear that a report made on the antisocial behaviour of a group of viewers during the fourth … Ash test at Emirates Old Trafford,” the ECB said in a statement issued to the British media. “While this is a relatively isolated incident, there is no place for antisocial behavior within the game, and it is vitally important that all viewers feel able to denounce antisocial behavior and feel able to report antisocial behavior and feel safe by doing so.”
The incident comes immediately after an annual report by the British anti-discrimination body Kick It Out that showed a 43% increase in reports of racist abuse in English football last season.
Raheem Sterling, from Manchester City, and Marcus Rashford of Manchester United, are among those who have talked about being subjected to racist abuse online.