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Racist cricket fans evicted from ground

By Tom Wald 18/10/2007 05:46:35 AM Comments (0)

Spectators accused of racially taunting Andrew Symonds were kicked out of the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday night.

Racism continued to plague the Australia-India series with fans making monkey noises and impersonations during Symonds' one-ball innings in Mumbai.

The allrounder was racially taunted and heavily booed by the crowd on his way to and from the crease.

He was caught by Tendulkar off Murali Kartik for a first ball duck and was handed another hostile reception as he trudged from the field.

An Australian photographer captured and witnessed the latest bout of racial abuse from spectators on the tour of India after the problems first emerged in Vadodara last week.

Security officials in Mumbai on Wednesday night met with members of the Australian team and witnesses of the offensive behaviour to pinpoint the offenders in the crowd, before they were ejected.

Mumbai fans have a reputation for racist abuse towards visiting players and the ICC anti-racism code was flashed up on the big screen as Symonds walked out to bat.

The taunts have finally prompted the Indian cricket board (BCCI) into action after initially denying the incidents had even occurred at the Reliance Cricket Ground.

A joint statement was released by BCCI president Sharad Pawar and Cricket Australia chairman Creagh O'Connor following the event.

"There is no place for racism in cricket, either on or off the field," the statement read.

The pair said racism was a global problem and not confined to specific nations.

"Cricket crowds in all cricket nations are often noisy and boisterous, which is part of the fun of cricket," they said in the statement.

"But all cricket nations have to be on guard to ensure that the fun does not cross the boundary into unacceptable behaviour.

"If it does, it is our expectation that the specifics of the ICC anti-racism code be enforced without fear or favour.

"Player of all countries have a right to expect they will be treated with respect where ever they play in the world."

Symonds has become public enemy No.1 on this tour, having firstly criticised the Indian team for carrying on during their celebrations following last month's triumph at the Twenty20 world championships in South Africa.

He also became embroiled in a series of fiery exchanges with Shantha Sreesanth in the second game in Cochin and has pasted the Indian bowlers during the series.

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