The West – A racism row has erupted following Saturday night’s Big Bash League Melbourne derby at the MCG.
- While it may have been an attempted play on batsman White’s name the incident prompted a vicious social media reaction, with some users calling for officials to take action.
- But incidents involving outwardly racist crowd behaviour — at least publicly — have been rare.
- “Somebody (in the crowd) asked me what time my kebab shop opened,” Ali said, before conceding he “wasn’t fazed” by it.
- “Our message to any fan attending a match is that if you display anti-social behaviour you will be removed and risk being banned from any cricket match across Australia, along with police action,” a CA spokesperson said in relation to the Amla incident.
- Australia’s cricketers also deliver messages on the big screen to crowd members throughout every day of the Test summer, reminding fans to treat others with respect.