Fans urged to weed out racism in crowds

By David Charlesworth, PA, Hamilton
England's Jofra Archer was racially abused by a fan in Mount Maunganui

Ashley Giles believes supporters should be helping to weed out troublesome individuals in the wake of England paceman Jofra Archer being the target of alleged racist abuse during the first Test against New Zealand.

The governing bodies of both teams are investigating after Archer said he heard "racial insults" by "one guy" as he left the field on the final day following his dismissal in England's innings defeat at Mount Maunganui.

As the search for the offender continues, Giles, the managing director of the England men's team, insists spectators can do their bit to stamp out racism by flagging up any issues to security at the ground.

Giles said: "I'm sure someone else must have heard it and I hope they come forward. (If) people are sitting next to this and not reporting it to stewards then there is something seriously going wrong with our society.

"We can't accept that it's just part of society, it happens in lots of sport, we hear about it daily, and we don't need it in cricket.

"I'm sure there is a lot that goes on that isn't reported, unfortunately. There are measures and all sorts of abuse that goes on, I know from my experience, and this is one of those forms that is the worst."

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White has warned that whoever was responsible faces possible criminal charges and a potential lifelong ban from attending cricket matches in the country.

White 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, where security will be beefed up in an attempt to avoid a repeat occurrence.

However, Archer's contact with the perpetrator was seemingly not confined to the field as Giles acknowledged the 24-year-old had been direct messaged on Instagram by the apparent culprit.

Giles said: "I am aware of that, yes.

"It should be quite easy (to find the person) and New Zealand Cricket are into it right now. I'm pretty sure they will find out who it is and come down pretty hard."