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Symonds subjected to monkey chants


Andrew Symonds was the target of racist abuse during the fifth ODI against India in Vadodara on Thursday after being subjected to monkey chants while fielding on the boundary. According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, the incident occurred during the second half of India’s innings at the IPCL Sports Complex.

Sources within the Australian squad confirmed to the paper the abuse took place, but have referred the matter to the local authorities, who may face an inquest from the International Cricket Council. “Like any cricketing centre in India, we would never tolerate this kind of behaviour,” Makarand Waingankar, the chief executive of the local Baroda Cricket Association,” said. “Racism should not exist in India at all.

“We are a cosmopolitan country, with many religions and dialects living peacefully together. This is the cultural city of Gujarat, and it would be a shame if that was to be spoilt by a few people.” The fifth ODI was also marred during Australia’s surge to victory when a section of the crowd pelted the playing area with bottles.

The ICC took measures to stamp out racism last year after the South Africa team complained of crowd abuse during their tour of Australia. Under the new code, spectators who are found guilty of racial abuse could face life bans and the venues are subject to fines and the loss of international status.

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      October 14th, 2007 19:05 GMT

      Message for Andrew Symonds;

      I am an Indian and ashamed that you were subjected to racist comments. I want to apologise on behalf of all those disgusting racist jerks.

      I have no interest in cricket but just read about the racist slurs made against you. Please kick the Indian teams ass and it would work as a pin prick in the ballooned minds of all those people who could do something so despicable.

      All Indians are not the same.

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