Cricket Australia close investigation into Moeen Ali's racial abuse claims

Sport360 staff 12:17 25/09/2018
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Moeen Ali had claimed to be racially abused by an Australia player.

Cricket Australia have closed their investigations into Moeen Ali’s claims that he was called ‘Osama’ by a Australia player.

The England all-rounder had made the claim in his new autobiography with the alleged incident said to have taken place during the 2015 Ashes series in Australia.

“An Australian player had turned to me on the field and said, ‘Take that, Osama’. I could not believe what I had heard,” an extract from Moeen’s book published in The Times read.

“I remember going really red. I have never been so angry on a cricket field,” it added.

Following the claims made by Moeen, Cricket Australia had opened its own investigation into the incident. That investigation has now been closed with the Australian cricketing body finding no additional evidence to support the Englishman’s claims.

“We have followed up with the England and Wales Cricket Board and confirmed the incident was investigated at the time,” a Cricket Australia spokesman said.

The incident took place in the 2015 Ashes series Down Under.

The incident took place in the 2015 Ashes series Down Under.

“A response was provided to Moeen. Moeen elected not to progress the matter any further at the time and we have not been able to ascertain any new additional evidence through our enquiries.

“As such, the matter is considered closed.

“We take a zero-tolerance approach to remarks of this nature, they have no place in our sport, or in society, and any allegations raised with us are treated seriously and respectfully.”

The alleged incident is said to have occurred during the first Test in the 2015 Ashes with England eventually going on to capture the series 3-2.

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