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Siraj has set new standard to call out racist abuse, feels Lyon
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Siraj has set new standard to call out racist abuse, feels Lyon
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Brisbane, Jan 13 (TIWN) Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon has termed racial abuse as disgusting and called on the authorities to ban it and punish offenders from the crowd, referring to the recent incidents of racis

“There is no room for any racial or any abuse in any type. I know people think they are being funny but it can affect in different ways…cricket is a sport for all. There’s no room at all. It is quite disgusting,” said Lyon while speaking to the media on Wednesday.

India pace bowler Mohammed Siraj had alleged on the fourth day of the third Test that some members of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) crowd were hurling racially-motivated abuses at him. The bowler immediately brought the matter to the notice of the umpires. The incident followed a complaint lodged by the Indian team on the same issue a day before. Siraj’s act prompted the security to evict six fans from the stands.

The 33-year-old off-spinner believes that Siraj’s decision to report racial abuse (by the crowd) to umpires may encourage more players to stand up to it and bring it to the notice of the match officials.

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