16 Oct England: ‘Racist and homophobic abuse’ forces England fan to leave fourth Ashes Test
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An England cricket fan says”racist and homophobic abuse” forced him to leave the fourth Ashes Test between England and Australia at Old Trafford.
Ed Marsh says Lancashire took three times to react to his criticism.
“Even after 72 hours there wasn’t anything substantive from the reply that I’ve received,” Marsh told BBC Sport.
A spokesperson stated the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was”immensely disturbed a spectator has felt distressed and humiliated”.
A statement included:”We are working with Lancashire to understand what has occurred and we also recognise their work previously in handling anti-social behaviour.
“It’s extremely important that supporters feel able to return and report anti-social behaviour and feel safe in doing this.”
Marsh, that attended the Exam in his sister, and their twenties, together along with his parents, ” said a group of eight guys sang a racist song about the Barbados-born fast bowler of England Jofra Archer.
He also said female fans were subjected to sexist chants, while gamers were from exactly the group about the end of abuse.
Marsh made his complaint via press on Thursday, the day of the Test.
In a statement Lancashire stated that they have a”zero tolerance policy on anti-social behaviour”.
It added that”two reaction teams were sent to the scene but did not witness any foul or abusive language”
Marsh explained the group in question turned on his loved ones and him since they left.
“There is a clear lack of policy authorities and I am surprised in 2019 the game doesn’t have a mechanism to report this sort of incident in a manner that does not identify you to the perpetrators,” Marsh added.
“The Archer chant happened three days before I talked to your steward on the afternoon but being asked to spot those who are just two metres off makes you a target. It was frightful. It could have got physical and nasty.
“People talk about the atmosphere at cricket and most of it’s good natured but that was continuing anti-social behaviour. If you are from a minority background, why do you move?”
The information follows two Australia lovers being ejected from Old Trafford for having”foul and abusive” language towards Archer, 24, to the first day of this Test.
In 1999, the ECB commissioned a report in the sport to ensure all cricketers and people associated with the match are treated with respect.
Australia secured a triumph over England at Old Trafford on Sunday to keep the Ashes.