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Old 10-12-2007, 09:19 PM   #363
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this one is for you ramesh. i bet if it were australian crowds - irrespective of the nationality of the fans like was the case when south africans racially abused south africans in australia yet the whole word criticised us - there would be a stink and action take. but as usual the ICC Indian Cricket Council do nothing on asian teams

Symonds racially abused

Alex Brown in Vadodara
October 12, 2007

THE ugly spectre of racism has returned to cricket, with sections of the Vadodara crowd subjecting Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds to monkey chants during yesterday's one-day international at the IPCL Sports Complex.

The incident occurred in the second half of the Indian innings when Symonds was fielding on the boundary. An unspecified number of spectators taunted Symonds with the monkey noises, which have been the scourge of European football for years.

In a separate crowd incident yesterday, play was halted for several minutes after a section of the crowd pelted the playing surface with bottles as Australia's batsmen, Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting, closed in on a nine-wicket victory. But it is the taunting of Symonds that most upset the Australians.

Sources within the team confirmed that the abuse took place, but they did not believe it was the team's place to press for further action. The Australians have referred the matter to local authorities who, in turn, may be questioned by the International Cricket Council.

"Like any cricketing centre in India, we would never tolerate this kind of behaviour," said Makarand Waingankar, chief executive of the local Baroda Cricket Association. "Racism should not exist in India at all. We are a cosmopolitan country, with many religions and dialects living peacefully together. This is the cultural city of Gujarat, and it would be a shame if that was to be spoilt by a few people.

"This sort of thing can happen anywhere in the world. Crowd behaviour is as finicky a thing as one can imagine. It is impossible to predict. I went onto the ground when there was some bottle throwing to defuse the crowd situation, but I was not informed of [the chants]."

The ICC introduced a stringent new anti-racism code last year, after the South African team complained of racist crowd behaviour on the 2005-06 tour of Australia. The new code was drawn up by a working party headed by ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed, and including Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland and his South African counterpart Gerald Majola.

The code provides for severe penalties, with spectators found guilty of racial abuse subject to life bans and venues subject to fines and the loss of international status.

"Cricket reflects the world's diversity with a range of races and religions all involved," Speed said when the code was unveiled. "That diversity is something the game can be proud of and our code is something that emphasises the commitment of all our members to maintaining and enhancing it."

The monkey chanting in Vadodara is the latest, and most disturbing, in a series of ill-tempered incidents that have beset Australia's tour of India. Tensions were first raised when Symonds questioned the manner in which the Indians chose to celebrate their Twenty20 World Cup triumph, then bubbled over when the all-rounder confronted firebrand paceman Shantha Sreesanth mid-pitch in Bangalore.

More recently, Sreesanth and Symonds locked horns in the players' race after the Australian's dismissal during the one-day international in Chandigarh on Monday. Sreesanth, who was not a member of the Indian XI at the time, mock-applauded Symonds as he left the playing surface, prompting a heated exchange. Twelfth man Stuart Clark had to separate the pair.


Pakistanis arrested for racial abuse


October 12, 2007 - 10:41PM


Four Pakistani fans have been arrested for racially abusing South African cricket team members at Gaddafi Stadium.

South African security official Faisul Nagel, assistant coach Vincent Barnes and medium fast bowler Vernon Philander were walking toward practice nets on the sidelines when they were racially abused from the stands, Akram said. All three men are black.

"They are in the lock-up as they passed on racially motivated comments on South Africans," Nadeem Akram, a Pakistan Cricket Board official told reporters.

South African team spokesman Michael Owen-Smith said the matter was swiftly handled and the visitors will not lodge an official complaint to the Pakistan Cricket Board.

"The matter was handled properly and we are now satisfied," Smith said.
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