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Police probe after ‘India fans racially abused’ during England test match at Edgbaston

Police have launched an investigation after claims India fans were racially abused during the national cricket team’s Test match with England.

Edgbaston officials and the ECB are looking into allegation that emerged on social media of India fans being targeted with racial insults at Edgbaston, in Birmingham, on Monday.

And West Midlands Police spokesperson told Sky Sports News: “We’ve launched a criminal investigation into reports of racist, abusive behaviour at the test match in Birmingham yesterday.

“We’re liaising with Edgbaston officials to understand what’s happened and would encourage anyone who heard any racist language or gestures, or has video footage that could help, to get in touch.

“We’re aware of images circulating on social media showing an alleged offender. We’re making enquiries to identify the person and would urge him to come forward and speak to us.”

Stuart Cain, chief executive at Edgbaston, said: “I’m gutted by these reports as we’re working hard to make Edgbaston a safe, welcoming environment for all.

“Having seen the initial tweets, I’ve spoken personally to the gentleman who raised them and we’re now speaking to the stewards in this area to establish what happened.

“Nobody should be subject to any form of abuse at Edgbaston. So, once we’ve got all the facts, we will make sure this issue is addressed swiftly.”

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Anyone with information is asked to contact police by message on Live Chat through the force’s website or call 101 and quote crime reference number 20-613293-22.

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