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South Africa spinner Imran Tahir has admitted that he is extremely grateful for all the support he has received after it emerged that he had been racially abused by a fan during the fourth ODI against India in Johannesburg.
Tahir was not part of the playing XI at the Wanderers, but he sought out security personnel and identified the fan who had racially abused him. The fan was subsequently evicted from the Wanderers.
A video has surfaced of Tahir confronting the fan and Cricket South Africa have since released a statement, in which they confirmed that “the incident is under investigation with the CSA and stadium security teams”.
After receiving an outpouring of support, the 38-year-old took to Twitter to thank everyone.
Thanking every one for your support and love really humbled.Iam a very simple person who believes in showing love to everyone regardless of country , color or religion.I have played cricket all over the world and have only made friends.Much love 🙏
— Imran Tahir (@ImranTahirSA) February 12, 2018
“Thanking every one for your support and love, really humbled,” Tahir said. “I am a very simple person who believes in showing love to everyone regardless of country, color or religion. I have played cricket all over the world and have only made friends. Much love.”
South Africa won the fourth ODI by five wickets via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method and will be looking to reduced the series deficit further in the fifth ODI in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.