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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 25 June 2018

Cricket South Africa confirms probe after Imran Tahir alleges racial abuse by spectator

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has launched an investigation after Imran Tahir was allegedly verbally and racially abused by a spectator during Saturday's fourth one-day international against India in Johannesburg.

Video footage on social media shows Proteas leg-spinner Tahir involved in an angry altercation with spectators in the stands at the Wanderers Stadium during South Africa's five-wicket win.

CSA announced on Monday that it was looking into the incident, saying Pakistan-born Tahir had been abused by an unknown man and that he had reported the incident to stadium security.

CSA also said Tahir "made no physical contact with the offender or any of the children in the vicinity".

"Cricket South Africa has noted and is aware of the circulation of video footage featuring Imran Tahir on social media and Whatsapp groups," a statement read.

"Imran Tahir was verbally and racially abused by an unknown man during the fourth one-day international against India at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Saturday.

"Tahir reported the incident to the stadium security, and was subsequently accompanied by two security personnel to identify and to have the man ejected from the stadium.

"Tahir made no physical contact with the offender or any of the children in the vicinity. The incident is under investigation with the CSA and stadium security teams."

The 38-year-old Tahir has played 20 Tests, 84 ODIs and 36 T20Is since making his South Africa debut in 2011.

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