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Speed welcomes action on Symonds abuse

19/10/2007 05:47:17 AM Comments (0)

International Cricket Council chief executive Malcolm Speed has welcomed the crackdown on crowd behaviour in India following the repeated racist abuse of Andrew Symonds.

Four fans will face court for allegedly making monkey gestures towards Symonds during Wednesday's match at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.

It was the second time that racist taunts had been directed at Symonds on this tour.

"It is pleasing to hear that some offenders in Mumbai were ejected and that is the type of zero tolerance we want in relation to this despicable behaviour," Speed said.

He said the Indian cricket board (BCCI) had responded to a request for information on the initial taunting of Symonds in Vadodara last week.

"The BCCI has undertaken to obtain reports from independent sources concerning that match and we look forward to receiving those reports as soon as possible," he said.

"In the meantime, we are pleased to see the BCCI, in concert with Cricket Australia, has publicly condemned racism as such behaviour has no place anywhere, least of all at a cricket ground."

The comments came after Symonds received a standing ovation on Thursday night at an awards ceremony in Mumbai.

After Australia collected an award for team of the year, compere Cyrus Broacha referred to the offensive spectators as "idiots" and called on the audience to show their support of the allrounder.

The crowd stood up and applauded Symonds, who looked chuffed to receive such a warm reception following his hostile treatment at Wankhede Stadium.

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