Siraj sets new scales to speak out against racial remarks: Lion

Brisbane, 13 January (IANS). Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon called the racist remarks “extremely bad” and asked officials to ban them and punish those who made mistakes in the audience. Lion was speaking about the racist remarks against Indian players in the Sydney Test.

There is no room for any racist remarks or vulgar language of any kind, Lion said on Wednesday. I think people think it’s a joke but it can have an effect the other way. Cricket is for everyone and there is no place for it. This is very bad.

Indian team paceman Mohammad Siraj was racially commented by some viewers on the fourth day of the third Test match played in Sydney. Siraj immediately complained about this and the Indian team also lodged a complaint on the issue, after which the security officials drove six spectators out of the ground.

The 33-year-old off-spinner feels that what Siraj did has inspired many players to speak out against racism.

He said, complaining about Siraj can inspire other people. It is completely dependent on the player and how they are affected by it. I expect people to come and see us and not have racist comments on the players. Like I said, cricket is a game that is for everyone.

Lion said that he himself had encountered such things.

He said, I have also faced such things, in England and New Zealand and South Africa, and anywhere. So obviously there is no place for it. I think as a player you can stop it, but whoever is doing it can be removed. We have security officers. There is no place for it at all.



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