Hogg's slur not on ICC's anti-racism code

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Sydney, Jan 11 (UNI) Chinaman Brad Hogg may be exonerated of racism charges, as 'Bastard' was not among the words listed by the teams as racially offensive before the India's Australian odyssey.

Under the International Cricket Council's anti-racism code, the touring team is asked to advise the match referee, in this case Mike Procter, of terms regarded as offensive in its culture.

But according to Sydney Morning Herald, India did not nominate ''bastard'' as an offensive label before the series.

Hogg was reported by Indian team manager Chetan Chauhan for saying to Indian captain Anil Kumble and vice-captain Mahendra Dhoni that he was ''looking forward to running through you bastards''.

He will face Procter at a hearing expected to be held on Monday evening.

By contrast, monkey --the word Harbhajan is alleged to have directed at Aussie all-rounder Andrew Symonds, was identified as off-limits.

Hogg faces a ban of between two and four Tests unless his defence can successfully have the charge downgraded to a level-one offence, or the Australians can get it dropped.

However, the charge has been made in a highly charged atmosphere, with the Indians still threatening to withdraw from the tour if Harbhajan's three-match ban is not overturned.

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