ECB ‘extremely disturbed’ by reports of racist song aimed at Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer (AFP Photo)

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has said it’s disturbed by reports of unruly behaviour from spectators during the Manchester Test of the ongoing Ashes series.

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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. In his complaint to Lancashire, the fan has accused the same group of homophobic slurs aimed at players and sexist chants directed at women.

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Taking note of the allegations, the ECB has released a statement condemning the incident saying there’s no place for such behaviour in within the game.

“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,” ECB said in a statement.

It added, “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 Barbados-born Archer made his Test debut during the second Test of Ashes 2019 after playing a vital role in guiding England to their maiden ODI World Cup triumph in July this year.

The incident comes after two Australia fans were ejected on the first day of the fourth Test for using “foul and abusive” language towards Archer.