Cape Town - The spectator who allegedly directed
racist abuse towards England paceman Jofra Archer faces a lifetime ban
from attending cricket matches in New Zealand.
Archer revealed on Twitter, hours after England's innings defeat in
the first Test at Mount Maunganui on Monday that he had heard "racial
insults" from someone in the crowd as he headed off the field following
New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White has reacted with fury
to the news and apologised to Archer in person on the England team's
arrival into Hamilton on Tuesday ahead of the second Test which starts
later this week.
As an apologetic home board searches for what is believed to be a
rogue individual, White has warned the offender they face a severe
punishment, including possible criminal charges.
"If we do find the person, we'll refer them to the police, I think that's appropriate in this case," White told 1 News.
"If we do find out who that person is, they'll be banned from attending cricket games in New Zealand in the future.
"My sense is that person should not be allowed into a cricket ground for the rest of their lives in New Zealand."
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson labelled the incident "horrific"
and admitted he would personally apologise to Archer if they cross paths
before the final Test gets under way.
"I will try, over the next few days if I can see him, definitely,"
Williamson - who was born and raised in Tauranga, only a couple of miles
from Mount Maunganui, where he now resides - told Nine Media's Stuff
"I can only apologise on behalf of Kiwis to Jofra, not only from our
team and how we look to conduct ourselves, but what we expect of Kiwis
"It's certainly against everything that we as Kiwis are about and I certainly hope that nothing like that ever happens again.
"It's a horrific thing. In a country, and a setting where it is very
much multi-cultural, it's something we need to put to bed quickly and
hope nothing like that ever happens again.
"It certainly won't if there's any influence we can have on it."
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead echoed Williamson's sentiments as
he said: "I hope whoever's done that is found quickly and it's dealt
with. It's something we don't condone at all."
Ashley Giles, the managing director of the England men's team, is
keeping tabs on Archer and is convinced the paceman's team-mates will
rally round him.
Speaking at the team hotel in Tauranga on Tuesday morning, Giles
said: "The tweet that went out was obviously emotional, it hurts.
"We fully support Jof, obviously, there is no place for racism in the
game, in any game. Jof is part of our team but, whatever the abuse,
we'd be absolutely right behind him. He's a very important part of our
"You know what our team is like, they'll rally round him pretty well I
should imagine. But it's a serious incident. He's a young man making
his way in the game and we just don't need this sort of thing.
"It's a problem in sport still, clearly. It's terrible in this day
and age that this sort of thing is still happening and when it does
happen and that person isn't identified much quicker - even by the
people around them - it's really disappointing."
- TeamTalk Media