Police arrest man over racist abuse during England vs India Test at Edgbaston

A 32-year-old man has been arrested by West Midlands Police following an investigation into allegations of racist abuse during the rescheduled final Test between England and India at Edgbaston.

Several fans alleged on social media that India supporters had been targeted by racist abuse with an investigation soon launched. England captain Ben Stokes also condemned the abuse, tweeting: “Amazing week on the pitch but really disappointed to hear reports of racist abuse at Edgbaston. Absolutely no place for it in the game.

“Hope all the fans at the white-ball series have a brilliant time and create a party atmosphere. That’s what cricket’s about!!”

West Midlands Police have now confirmed that a 32-year-old man has been arrested for a racially aggravated public order offence and remains in custody for questioning. Edgbaston welcomed news of the arrest, tweeting: “Excellent work, @BrumPolice. Thank you for your support in taking swift and appropriate action, showing that no form of abuse is tolerated at Edgbaston.”

One onlooker, who was at the match, told the Mirror : “Everyone was drinking and singing and we were right in front of the India fans. It was a really good atmosphere but then India took three quick wickets and they started singing back.

“They were still having great banter and it was really good natured. But then this one guy came up from his seat 10 to 15 rows in front. They started singing and the atmosphere just changed.

“The India fans were trying to take the sting out of it by joining in the banter. This one guy just started sticking his fingers up and holding his nose. A woman who was sitting two rows behind ran down and slapped his hands – it was not acceptable.

“The stewards went over and had a word. I stopped them on the way past and told them that it wasn’t the first time they’d been doing it.

“But I don’t think they did anything, they just said, ‘It’s being sorted’. But he wasn’t thrown out or anything, he was just told to stay in his seat.”

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