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Spectator banned for two years after admitting to racially abusing Archer
Racial Abuse In Cricket

Spectator banned for two years after admitting to racially abusing Archer

The spectator who racially abused Jofra Archer has been banned from attending international and domestic matches in New Zealand for two years.

Following England’s first Test against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui, Archer had posted on Twitter about the incident.

“A bit disturbing hearing racial insults today whilst battling to help save my team, the crowd was been amazing this week except for that one guy, @TheBarmyArmy was good as usual also,” he wrote on Twitter.

In his previous tweet, which was deleted by the England paceman, he said: “Can the guy that was yelling bbc and bc from the scoreboard area today come forward and tell me what those words mean please? Because I don’t...”

The incident was referred to the police by New Zealand cricket after they were unable to identify the person responsible behind this.

But after a thorough investigation, the 28-year-old, whose identity was not disclosed, admitted his offence. The person was given a verbal warning and could be subjected to further action if he breached the ban.

“NZC have since contacted the man and have also written to him, advising of his ban from all international and domestic fixtures in New Zealand until 2022,” said NZC in a statement.

"We'd again like to extend our apologies to Jofra and the England team management for such an unsavoury incident and reiterate once more that this type of behaviour is completely unacceptable," said NZC spokesman Anthony Crummy.

"We want to thank the New Zealand police for their efforts in identifying the person responsible, and for making it clear that this type of behaviour will not be minimised."

Archer had previously been subjected to racial abuse in the Ashes, when two Australian fans were thrown out of Old Trafford on the opening day of the fourth Ashes Test.

The two supporters were eventually evicted from the stadium after shouting "Jofra, show us your passport" at the 24-year-old among other abuses.

Although Archer appeared frustrated at the negative comments, he did not respond to the abuse.