Amla subjected to racist abuse in Oz
Star South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has found himself at the centre of a racism incident in Hobart, where he is playing in the second Test against Australia.
On day one of the match, a man allegedly wrote a racial slur, labeling Amla a terrorist, on a fence near the Proteas dugout. It was quickly removed, and the man has been charged.
He has also been banned from the stadium for three years, after witnesses and CCTV footage identified him.
A CA spokesperson told reporters: “Tasmania Police identified the person of interest through CCTV and witnesses in the area.
“CA takes a zero-tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour at any of our matches, which includes racial vilification.
“Our message to any fan attending a match is that if you display anti-social behaviour you will be removed and risk being banned from any cricket match across Australia, as well as police action being taken.”
Proteas team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee expressed dismay as the Islamophobic incident, recalling the 2006 scandal when commentator Dean Jones called Amla a terrorist when he thought he was off air.
Moosajee said: “We have been informed that the man has been formally charged and has been handed a three-year ban from the stadium.
“From our point of view it is disappointing and disconcerting because this is not the first act of racial vilification we have received while touring Australia over the years.
“It is unacceptable. There is absolutely no place for racial stereotyping and such offensive acts in society, let alone in sport.
“We thank CA and the authorities for dealing with the matter in a swift, professional and stern way and for carrying out the full might of the law.”
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