South African cricket team protests against racism in Australia

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's cricket officials and millions of fans are following with a keen interest ongoing Test matches by the country's team in Melbourne, Australia after racist incidents marred the first game last weekend.
Australian supporters have received international condemnation for making racist remarks against South Africa's non-white cricketers during the first Test in Perth, and the South African team has officially complained to the International Cricket Council (ICC) against the incidents.
"We view racial abuse in a very strong light and we deplore in the strongest terms the racial abuse by some of the spectators against our players.
We hope that this will not happen again, and appeal to all to abide by the ICC's anti-racism policy," said Gerald Majola, Chairman of Cricket South Africa.
Meanwhile, South Africa's cricket great, Ali Bacher, has called on the ICC to ban racist fans for life.
"With our background, and with all we have achieved in the new South Africa, this behaviour is abhorrent.
One can only strongly suggest that in this situation, the strongest penalty should be handed out to those responsible.
I don't think a life ban would be out of place," he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

30 Dezembro 2005 08:40:00

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