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[update: Also read this piece by the GreatBong – he is obviously angry. Also, my new post on the cricketing aspects of the test match here].

Mike Procter, the match referee for the recently concluded, controversial India-Australia Test at Sydney, determines that Harbhajan used a racial slur against Andre Symonds (called him a ‘monkey’). Yet he provides no evidence other than the fact he is “satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that Harbhajan Singh directed that word at Andrew Symonds and also that he meant it to offend on the basis of Symonds’ race or ethnic origin.”

Anantha expresses it much better.

PS – Apparently, Symonds was upset that Harbhajan was patting Brett Lee’s bottom.

Symonds said Harbhajan’s bewildering decision to pat Australian fast bowler Brett Lee on the bottom during play on Friday in the second Test had sparked the furore.

When Symonds asked Harbhajan why he had done this, the fiery Indian – then batting – allegedly called the Queenslander a “monkey”.

Symonds feels he had a greater claim on that piece of ass.

PPS – News Corp is racist. Here is the proof:


PPPS (hopefully the final one): I am not condoning Harbhajan using a racist slur, or even trying to debate whether ‘the word’ is racist or not. There was apparently an agreement between the teams beforehand that ‘the word’ was not to be used against Symonds. But only IF Harbhajan indeed used ‘the word’. The way the inquiry was handled makes it far from certain if it was the case.

Written by BongoP'o'ndit

January 6, 2008 at 5:47 pm

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  1. Symonds feels he had a greater claim on that piece of ass.

    I don’t know about that. It seems to me Symonds was jealous of Lee.

    According to Sachin, Roy said to Bhajji — “‘You seem to be very friendly with our bowlers. Why don’t you be friends with me now? I am a bowler as well.”

    He is clearly flirting and looking for some ass grabbing. Imagine his hurt feelings when Bhajji refused.


    January 6, 2008 at 7:31 pm

  2. @dipanjan: who wanted to touch which butt, that will probably always remain a mystery…..on lines of who killed JFK.


    January 6, 2008 at 8:55 pm

  3. […] sympathize with the last sentiment. A charge of racism is a strong one and as I mentioned before, it doesn’t make any sense how the hearing was conducted. However, I am not sure I agree with […]

  4. […] the word edgewise that most Indians are not trying to defend Harbhajan’s action per se, but defending his right to a proper and fair trial. Also, we can argue all night about the western hypocrisy and about how they are unable to […]

  5. […] reduced. Apparently, Harbhajan did abuse Symonds, but not racially. As I had mentioned before, the original conclusion reached by Procter seemed hardly justified. This was further confirmed by the actual text of the rulings which is full […]

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