While You Were Asleep: Racism row hit Edgbaston Test, Premier League footballer arrested on suspicion of rape, Nadal reaches Wimbledon quarters


The fifth and final Test between England and India has been hit by racism. An investigation is under way into allegations of racist abuse among the crowd on day four of the fifth Test between England and India at Edgbaston.

A number of allegations were made on social media on Monday evening following the close of play.

The allegations were highlighted by Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq, who said it was “disappointing to read”, and flagged several of the allegations via retweets on his Twitter account. His testimony in front of a parliamentary select committee last year sparked an investigation into his claims of institutional racism at Yorkshire which resulted in ECB charges and ultimately major reforms.

A reply from the official Edgbaston Twitter account in response to Rafiq said: “We’re incredibly sorry to read this and do not condone this behaviour in anyway. We’ll be investigating this ASAP.”

The Bharat Army, the official India supporters’ group, later reported that “many” of its members at the ground had been targeted by “a very small minority”.

A post on its Twitter account read: “Sad to say many of our members experienced racist abuse from a very small minority of individuals. We will work with @Edgbaston to share all your feedback.

“Thank you to those England fans who stood by us.”

The England and Wales Cricket Board said it was “very concerned” at the reports and reiterated its stance on racism.

“We are very concerned to hear reports of racist abuse at today’s Test match. We are in contact with colleagues at Edgbaston, who will investigate,” read an ECB statement.

“There is no place for racism in cricket.”

Premier League footballer arrested in London

A Premier League footballer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been arrested in north London on suspicion of rape.

Metropolitan Police arrested a 29-year-old man at an address in Barnet, London, on Monday after receiving a report of a rape of a woman in her 20s.

A statement from Scotland Yard said that the alleged offence occurred last month.

“On 4 July an allegation of rape of a woman in her 20s was reported to police,” it read. “It was reported the alleged rape happened in June 2022.

“On 4 July a 29-year-old man was arrested at an address in Barnet on suspicion of rape and taken into custody where he remains. Inquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.”

The Premier League season gets underway on August 5.

Emotional Nadal storms into quarters

Rafael Nadal took another step forward in his bid for a rare calendar-year Grand Slam on Monday by booking his spot in the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a thumping 6-4 6-2 7-6(6) win against Botic van de Zandschulp.

Nadal will face American 11th seed Taylor Fritz for a place in Friday’s semi-finals.

“To be in the quarter-finals here at Wimbledon after three years without playing here, it’s amazing for me,” said Nadal. “So very, very happy.

“It has been a good match in general terms against a difficult player. I think a very good player.”

Playing his first tournament on grass since his 2019 semi-final loss at Wimbledon to Roger Federer, the Spaniard has shown little difficulty adjusting to the surface.

“I did I think (make) a big effort to be here,” he said. “(It) takes a lot of mental and physical effort to try to play this tournament after the things that I went through the last couple of months.

“But as everybody knows, Wimbledon is a tournament that I like so much. Have been three years without playing here. I really wanted to be back. That’s what I am doing. So that’s why it means a lot for me to be in the quarter-finals.”

He felt his overall game was improving “day-by-day”.

“It’s always the same here. It’s not about how close I am to the level or not. I don’t know that. I can’t predict what’s going to happen,” Nadal said.

“But the positive thing is the first two matches haven’t been good. Then two days ago I played I think at a high level for the first time. And today most of the match, again, at a very positive level.”





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