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CA boss queries ~~racial taunt~~ directed at Monty

Published: Friday, November 17, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Sydney:Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland today said he did not see ''too much'' racism in the 'stupid Indian' remark hurled at English left-arm spinner Monty Panesar during a pre-Ashes warm-up match here.

''What we were talking about before were racist comments - I don't think there's too much racist about that - but clearly it's something that's going to be monitored closely,'' Mr Sutherland said.

The CA chief executive said he was yet to receive a formal complaint from the England team and the allegations of racist abuse have only been made in the media.

''It's very much alleged - certainly we haven't had any official complaint or anything from the English team,'' Mr Sutherland was quoted by the Australian Associated Press as saying.

Monty - along with South African-born Kevin Pietersen - was allegedly abused racially by some spectators during England's practice game against New South Wales earlier this week. The English, however, refused to lodge a formal complaint but said the fan-behaviour was being closely monitered by them.

Mr Sutherland, meanwhile, also promised strict action against racist remarks by spectators.

''There's no place for racism or racist taunts at our matches,'' he asserted.

Agencies

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