Racial Abuse rattles Proteas again
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Racial Abuse rattles Proteas again

The visitors are rattled by another incident of racial abuse against fast bowler Andre Nel at Sydney. With this, all the three tests have been marred by racial taunts.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2006 16:06 IST
Agence France-Presse
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South Africa have complained of another incident of racial abuse by a spectator against fast bowler Andre Nel during the third cricket Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The incident happend onWednesday.

Nel, a white South African who was fielding close to the boundary, reported the taunts to his captain Graeme Smith, who informed the match umpires. They in turn reported it to match referee Chris Broad.

All three Tests in the current series have been marred by racist incidents.

"None of the team minds any form of abuse because it happens in any country, the home side really gets behind it," South African coach Mickey Arthur said after the third day's play.

"But we feel once it becomes a racist taunt then the boundaries are being overstepped and the South African team categorically deplores that type of behaviour."

Cricket Australia spokesman Peter Young said CA had a zero tolerance view to racism and had sent extra security staff to the section of the crowd but were unable to identify the culprit.

Ground authorities reminded the crowd with a public announcement and a notice on the electronic scoreboard that such behaviour was unacceptable.

"We made our point again and it has been reported and I'm sure it'll be dealt with through the right channels," Arthur said.

"I don't think we can do too much more other than just make our point that we categorically deplore it and we do feel that boundaries are being crossed when that sort of thing transpires out there."

In the first Test in Perth, South African players Makhaya Ntini, Ashwell Prince, Garnett Kruger and Shaun Pollock were taunted in Afrikaans as "kaffirs" or "kaffir brothers".

This prompted former South African captain and chief executive Ali Bacher to call for life bans for offenders.

In the second Test in Melbourne a man was ejected from the ground for making racist and offensive comments towards Nel.

Nel, a combative and committed fast bowler, was subjected to a variety of chants from the crowd on Wednesday, some good-natured and some in dubious taste.

At one stage he joined in the chanting, clapping in time and encouraging the crowd to do their worst.

"A lot of it's been light-hearted and a lot of it's been really good and that type of barracking is acceptable and beefed him (Nel) up," Arthur said.

"Everyone boos when he (Nel) comes on but I think he's going to leave Australia as one of the more popular guys. It's a bit of a love-hate relationship."

Nel was South Africa's most effective bowler, taking 4-81 and ending the Australian innings when he removed Adam Gilchrist for 86.

First Published: Jan 04, 2006 16:03 IST