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Majola calls for arrest of racist fans

Written by: Staff

Johannesberg, Mar 23 (UNI) South African cricket board (UCBSA) chief executive Gerald Majola has said criminal cases should be filed against spectators, who hurl racial abuse at players, and called for the banning of such people from the grounds.

''As far as spectators are concerned, we are going to recommend that the ICC adopts our security measures at matches under its jurisdiction,'' Majola said in a statement here.

''Our measures include placing extra security personnel near players fielding on the boundary, who were the main targets in Australia. Our security officials have been instructed to quickly identify culprits, expel them from the ground, charge them criminally at the nearest police station, photograph them, and then ban them for life.

His comments follow the ICC report on incidents of racism in Australia where South African players were subjected to racial taunts by the spectators. The report said the abuse was ''premeditated, co-ordinated and calculated'' and was meant to get under the skin of the players.

The ICC then appointed a three-member committee, comprising ICC CEO Malcolm Speed, Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland and Majola, to make recommendations on the report prepared Indian Solicitor General Goolam Vahanvati.

''We have not studied the full report, but judging from the comments made by the ICC CEO, Malcolm Speed, the report confirms the occurrence of racial abuse directed at some of our players by spectators in Australia,'' Majola said.

''This justifies statements made on this issue by our team management, and fully justifies our official complaint to the ICC,'' he added.


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