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No action taken over Moeel Ali’s ‘Osama’ allegations

Cricket Australia has closed their investigation into an alleged racial slur directed by an Australian player at England opener Moeen Ali.

They said, “no new evidence had been presented”. The governing body launched an investigation after Moeen wrote about the incident in his autobiography.

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

“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 inquiries. As such, the matter is 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.”

Moeen said the comment was made in the first Test of the 2015 series, which England won 3-2 to regain the Ashes.

In his book, he read, “An Australian player had turned to me on the field and said, ‘Take that, Osama’. I could not believe what I heard. I remember going red. I have never been so angry on a cricket field.”


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