Bay Oval abuse referred to police

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New Zealand Cricket has lodged a complaint with Tauranga police over the racial abuse directed at Jofra Archer near the end of the first Test against England at Bay Oval.

Information gathered from an inquiry which included studying CCTV footage, listening to audio, interviewing bystanders and obtaining material on social media has been incorporated in the complaint.

While the information-gathering exercise was useful, NZC has been unable to conclusively identify the person responsible and is therefore unable to comment on public speculation regarding his personal details.

NZC chief executive David White says despite this, he believed there was enough material garnered from the inquiry to justify lodging a complaint with the police, especially if the Bay Oval perpetrator was to re-offend.

“What happened to Jofra was reprehensible and has led to a general upscaling of security around the area of racial abuse at all our international venues,” he says.

“Should the person responsible ever re-offend, we believe we have enough information to link him to the Bay Oval incident.”

David confirmed that, if a conclusive identification was forthcoming, NZC would seek to trespass the offender from all its international venues for a lengthy period.

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Was no-one listening?

Posted on 04-12-2019 21:51 | By groutby has been widely commentated on radio already that it was an England supporter giving his own countryman a ’serve’ for a poor performance ( and by golly it was) ...big gob and too many beers....conclude this and move on guys!...geez!


Posted on 04-12-2019 14:08 | By morepork

… should be forever. The game of cricket is (or should be...) the epitome of sportsmanship; there is no room for Racism or any other form of prejudice. This clown needs to do an "amends project" with a local cricket club, where he will need to interact with people of colour. And what were the other spectators doing? If I heard something like that at a cricket match, I’d be inclined to have a word and make it clear that, while he has a right to his sad opinion, the rest of the people are there to enjoy the game and not have it brought into disrepute by someone who obviously can’t take a beer in a decent civilized way. The only person who can reasonably be abused at a cricket match is the umpire, and it will have more to do with eyesight than ethnicity.