New Zealand Cricket refers Jofra Archer racial abuse complaint to police

New Zealand Cricket have lodged a complaint with Tauranga Police after England cricketer Jofra Archer said he was racially abused during a match.

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NZC boss David White personally apologised to England's Archer today. Source: 1 NEWS

Archer, 24, says that he was the target of racial abuse on day five of the first Test against the Black Caps in Mount Maunganui, alleging that a spectator insulted him while batting at Bay Oval.

New Zealand Cricket have since been quick to investigate the incident, launching an inquiry in an attempt to identify the culprit.

In a statement released today, New Zealand Cricket have confirmed that the incident has been referred to police.

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Racial abuse from a spectator during the first Test is a shame because it doesn’t represent NZ at all, according to Stokes. Source: 1 NEWS

They have been unable to identify the culprit.

"What happened to Jofra was reprehensible and has led to a general upscaling of security around the area of racial abuse at all our international venues," chief executive David White said.

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Coach Gary Stead said the team didn’t hear anything, otherwise they would’ve dealt with it at the time. Source: 1 NEWS

"Should the person responsible ever re-offend, we believe we have enough information to link him to the Bay Oval incident."

White last week said that a life ban will be handed to the alleged abuser if and when they are identified.

White apologised to Barbados-born Archer in person after the incident.