Four accused of racial remarks on Symonds released on bail

November 14th, 2007 - 2:28 am ICT by admin  
According to sources, the police booked the four under the Section 110 of Bombay Police Act for Misbehaviour.

The police took a prompt action into the matter after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took a serious note of the reports being published in the Australian media regarding racial abuse being faced by Symonds.

An Australian newspaper said, “The International Cricket Council’s anti-racism code was instantly flashed on the screen, but Symonds seemed unsettled and was dismissed first ball,” it said.

On Wednesday night, after the seventh and the final one day match, Australian captain Ricky Ponting said there was no place for such behaviour, on or off the cricket field.

“I believe there has been a bit of action taken as well from what I understand. A few members of the crowd there (were) arrested and taken away from the ground,” Ponting told reporters.

The International Cricket Council (ICC), which strengthened its Anti-racism Code last year, has written to Indian officials asking them to comment on events in Baroda.

Cricket Australia spokesman Philip Pope said the staging association was immediately informed of the inappropriate behaviour of the crowd.

“Crowds in all cricketing nations are often noisy and boisterous, which is part of the camaraderie of the game,” BCCI president Sharad Pawar and Cricket Australia chairman Creagh O’Connor said in a joint statement.

“But all Cricketing nations have to be on guard to ensure that the fun oes not cross the boundary into unacceptable behaviour. If it does, it is our expectation that the specifics of ICC Anti Racism Code be enforced without ear or favour. Players of all countries have a right to expect that they will e treated with respect wherever they play in the world,” the statement aid.

The joint statement from the two boards said Pawar and O’Connor were concerned that the ICC Anti Racism Code could only work if it was genuinely embraced.

Earlier this week, Symonds, who was declared man of the series for his superb batting throughout the seven match tournament, said he was bothered by he fact that some of the Indian officials had tried to deny that any racist incident took place.

“The only thing I would say is that it didn’t particularly bother me, but when someone, somebody comes out and completely ignores something that has happened like that — that’s disappointing. So hopefully it will be handled by the powers that be and put away,” Symonds said after the match on Sunday in Nagpur. (ANI)

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