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Teammates deny calling Amla ~~~~terrorist~~~~

Published: Saturday, August 12, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Johannesburg:The South African cricket team has rubbished Allan Border's claims that Hashim Amla is jokingly called a ''terrorist'' by his teammates.

The Proteas, who are currently on tour in Sri Lanka, have denied that the word was used to address Amla. The team's assistant trainer Vincent Barnes was quoted as saying by News24. that the players have never used the offensive word for Amla.

Barnes said that the allegations were baseless and he ''did not know where such rumours came from.'' Border had, earlier, said that the ''terrorist'' remark made by Jones was just a ''joke gone wrong'' and his former teammate has been punished enough for it. He defended Jones by saying that the remark was used by the South Africans themselves and that Jones had picked it up from a Proteas player.

Meanwhile, another controversy involving Amla has started here after an electronics manufacturer company displayed a racist message directed at the player on an electronic advertising board here yesterday.

The racist message was noticed by the passerbys at a highway, who informed Cricket South Africa (CSA), which was infuriated by the news.

The company quickly withdrew the advertisement and apologised to the cricketer.

''We apologise for any offence it could have caused. It is not our policy or intention to harm any ethnic group, faith or individual,'' a company official said.

CSA's commercial manager Steve Elworthy said the message was ''in bad taste''.

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