Proteas pat for Ten Sports for sacking Jones

Published: Wednesday, August 9, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Johannesburg:Cricket South Africa praised Ten Sports for immediately sacking Dean Jones after the Aussie cricketer-turned-commentator called Proteas middle order bat Hashim Amla a terrorist.

Jones landed in the soup after describing Amla, a Muslim, ''terrorist'' during live commentary of the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Jones was summarily dismissed and Ten Sports made a public apology following an official complaint by Cricket South Africas CEO, Gerald Majola.

''We commend host broadcaster Ten Sports for immediately dismissing Jones and for making a public apology. We also accept and welcome Ten Sports stated commitment to create harmony within communities as a broadcaster,'' CSA Chief Executive Gerald Majola said in a statement.

''However, we retain our strong views regarding the unacceptable conduct of Jones,'' he added.

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