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Australia accused of 'organised' racism

By Greg Buckle 22/03/2006 09:52:01 PM Comments (0)

South Africa's cricket chief says he feels vindicated by an ICC report which has confirmed the Proteas were racially abused during their summer tour of Australia.

Cricket South Africa chief Gerald Majola accused Australia's cricket crowds of "organised racism" against the Proteas.

The findings of the report by India's solicitor general, Goolam Vahanvati, who was appointed by the ICC to conduct an inquiry, were announced at the ICC meeting in Dubai overnight.

The report said that spectators had co-ordinated their taunts to upset Proteas' Herschelle Gibbs, Shaun Pollock, Andre Nel and Boeta Dippenaar.

ICC chief Malcolm Speed said Vahanvati had found it would be wrong to attribute racial abuse only to expatriates living in Australia, Majola said.

"Mr Speed said that it was found that the abuse was premeditated, coordinated and calculated to get after players," Majola said.

"This justifies statements made on this issue by our team management, and fully justifies our official complaint to the ICC.

"Racialism cannot be allowed to raise its ugly head in sport, and the use of it by some Australian spectators to get at opponents is serious in the extreme.

"Mr Speed is to appoint a committee comprising himself, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland and myself to discuss recommendations for change to the ICC anti-racism policy next month.

"The report has confirmed our view that the ICC must add tough preventative and remedial measures to its policy in order to stamp racialism out of cricket.

"As far as spectators are concerned, we are going to recommend that the ICC adopts our security measures at matches under its jurisdiction."

These measures include using extra security personnel near players fielding on the boundary, who were the main targets in Australia, Majola said.

"Our security officials have been instructed to quickly identify culprits, expel them from the ground, charge them criminally at the nearest police station, photograph them, and then ban them for life," he said.

"We in South Africa take racism very seriously because of our history. We know how dangerous it is to let it grow, and we simply cannot allow it to gain a foothold in cricket.

"The organised racism that occurred on the Australia cricket tour is reminiscent of racial abuse by spectators in European football.

"The ICC must adopt the stringent measures employed by FIFA which include punitive action against relevant federations if necessary."

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