On Monday, South African cricket governing body, Cricket South Africa, said that their leg-spin bowler Imran Tahir subjected to racial abuse during the fourth One-Day International against India at New Wanderers stadium, Johannesburg.
The 38-year-old informed the incident to the security officials and they immediately ejected that fan from the stadium.
The incident did not happen for the first time with Tahir as during the 2015 World Cup as well, the fans at Manuka Oval had a run in with the leggie and one of the fans shouting "Why don't you go stroke your pet camel?" at him.
"Cricket South Africa has noted and is aware of the circulation of video footage featuring Imran Tahir on social media and Whatsapp groups," CSA said in a release.
"Imran Tahir was verbally and racially abused by an unknown man during the fourth One-Day International (ODI) 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.
"In accordance with the ICC Anti-racism code, spectators who engage in racist conduct are to be ejected from the stadium and can face further sanctions and criminal prosecution," CSA stated.
Meanwhile, the match was won by South Africa as Heinrich Klaasen slammed 43 not out off 27 balls (5 fours, 1 six) and led the Proteas' physical attack on the Indian spinners after rain intervened twice to trim down the game to a 28-over contest.
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