Aussie racism in cricket – again


by Sunny
31st January, 2006 at 4:48 pm    

Players from South Africa and Sri Lanka have both complained their players are being subjected to racist taunts. The world cricketing body ICC is going to investigate. SA cricketing officials say its not just a one-off either:

“It is not right when a country has a history like ours,” he said in The Sunday Mail. “The sad thing is it has continued around Australia. It hasn’t just been limited to one state or city.”

Nor is this the first time, it has been continuing throughout the tour and was reported before. The Aussies have, to their credit, called for lifetime bans, but one must ask why this keeps on happening. When India toured Australia (last year I think), you could see Australian fans blatantly being racist. In fact I believe even the team was behaving somewhat arrogantly.

Not that I would even dare to suggest there could be increased racism in Australia given their government’s appalling attitude towards Aboriginies, immigrants and asylum seekers. John Howard is a nice man, honest.


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  1. Col. Mustafa — on 31st January, 2006 at 5:01 pm  

    Its the alcohol that takes them away from reality.
    Then they see brown faces, which actually resemble Alien like creatures through thier beer goggles and they can’t help but taunt.

    Not all Aussies get like that when drunk, as many have taken extreme identification classes where they learn to identify other humans even when thier eyesight obstructs them.

    Or maybe in the middle of the match one of those official dudes should get on the loud speaker and tell everyone to shut the fuck up, or the people they’re heckling are going to fuck off so theres no more match to watch.
    And no refunds either.

  2. Dynesh — on 31st January, 2006 at 5:32 pm  

    I take it that drinking is part and parcel of aussie sporting culture. Their fans are high-spirited; if asked they’d probably say that’s just the aussie way. I can understand and accept their competitive spirit (and even wish we play that passionately every now and then) but some times I think they get carried away. And that’s just on the field. Great competitiors they may be, but the line has to be drawn somewhere.

  3. Jay Singh — on 31st January, 2006 at 6:22 pm  

    All the Aussies I have ever met were friendly and charming – although the ones you get in London are young and liberal and cosmopolitan rather than the Crocodile Dundees your probably get watching the cricket down under most probably.

  4. Bikhair — on 31st January, 2006 at 7:14 pm  

    Pickled Poopers,

    If it werent for the Muslims hardening the hearts of those fine tolerant Austrailians we wouldnt have any of these racial tensions. How do I say sarcasm in Aussie?

  5. Gaz — on 31st January, 2006 at 8:52 pm  

    You can hear far worse at Healingly. This includes comments made by Indian and Pakistani fans towards English players. I have been told cricket crowds in the Indian sub-continent racially abuse foreign players, though those players may not understand what is being said.

  6. Gaz — on 31st January, 2006 at 8:53 pm  

    oops, that should read Headingly in Leeds

  7. Rohin — on 31st January, 2006 at 9:33 pm  

    Gaz I’ve been to matches at Headingley, Old Trafford, Edgbaston, Lords and the Oval – and you’re right, a fair portion of the thick-headed variety of Asian fan is horribly racist. I have not encountered any racism from white English fans at matches (perhaps cos I support England) but I have heard a lot of really annoying comments from Aussies.

    They’re not out and out racism, but they piss me off. It’s more ignorance than anything. However, I’ve also met and drunk with lots of bonza Aussies at matches.

    However I would disagree that fans in the subcontinent racially abuse foreign players as a rule of thumb. Perhaps it occurs, but I’ve not seen it – aside from taunts against Pakistani players in India and vice versa. I find it’s the British Asians who are far more racist than Indian Indians. I don’t know why. I blame the parents!

  8. Sunny — on 31st January, 2006 at 11:52 pm  

    I can’t remember the last time Indian or Pakistani fans wer. accused of racism by outside countries. We even showed courtesy to each other when we last toured each other country, supposedly as the biggest cricketing rivals

  9. Col. Mustafa — on 1st February, 2006 at 12:01 am  

    I dunno about out and out racism; but in certain matches i have noticed alot of tension whenever Pakistan play Bangladesh or Indian play Pakistan, blah blah you get the point.

    Young men as usual though.

  10. Rohin — on 1st February, 2006 at 12:05 am  

    Honestly Mustafa, as of late, Indian and Pakistani fans in the UK have been far worse behaved than fans in teh subcontinent. The recent Indo-Pak tours have been encouragingly peaceful and very enjoyable.

    Having said that, British Asian fans have also improved. Several years ago I was at the Old Traf Ind vs Pak WC match and despite a small amount of typical shere punjab/chalvey boys posturing and dick-shaking, it wasn’t too bad. A Sikh friend told me how a bunch of Pakistani fellas kept asking him to buy them beer so that their parents wouldn’t see. They got on like a house on fire :)

  11. Col. Mustafa — on 1st February, 2006 at 12:20 am  

    Thats good to hear, i haven’t been to a cricket match in ages.

    But it should be about a nice day out whether your’e with family or friends.
    After all its not a war, as many people seem to think so.

  12. Sunny — on 1st February, 2006 at 1:14 am  

    I went to the Pak India cricket match last year and was surprised to see plenty of good spirited banter and plenty of hand shaking. I agree, things have gotten a lot better, and a lot of that IMO is down to better relations back in the sub-continent over cricket, though its silly it should be like that. Or maybe its just people have grown out of being stupid.

  13. Vikrant — on 1st February, 2006 at 7:13 am  

    Well only ODI i’ve been to was Indo-Pak waay back in 1999 WC. Dont remember much really.

    (perhaps cos I support England)

    Treachery !!!
    I’ve never seen a British Indian who doesnt support India when it comes to cricket. I personally dont think much about the sport…. Hah…. only if India played rugby.

  14. El Cid — on 1st February, 2006 at 7:44 am  

    I’m assuming Nasser Hussain’s parents supported England?

  15. SajiniW — on 1st February, 2006 at 11:24 am  

    I met Romesh Kaluwitharana on a recent visit to SL. When questioned about racism in cricket, he said the Australians were the worst, refusing to acknowledge players of colour, whilst sledging with racist catcalls; and the SA team marginally improved, minus the sledging.

    Football is trying to show racism the red card – I’d be impressed if cricket actually succeded at this.

  16. raz — on 1st February, 2006 at 11:39 am  

    Speaking of cricket….PAKISTAN JUST DEFEATED INDIA AND WON THE TEST SERIES :) :)
    :) :) :) :) :)

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!

  17. Vikrant — on 1st February, 2006 at 12:42 pm  

    WAS THAT A SERIES??? SERIOUSLY FIRST TWO TESTS WERE A BORE….

  18. raz — on 1st February, 2006 at 12:47 pm  

    …AND THE THIRD ONE MORE THAN MADE UP FOR IT :) :) :) :) :)

  19. Gaz — on 1st February, 2006 at 1:25 pm  

    There have been many incidents of Indian fans (in India) throwing objects at the fielders close to the boundary. I found the atmosphere at Pakistan vs. India games in the UK unpleasant. Especially when people who are not used to drinking all day do so. All day drinking and not acting a twat is very difficult to do. My parents are from India and I support England, which makes me a very rare breed! I’ve been to many ruby games and never heard a single racist comment. Both football and cricket supports can learn a lesson in conduct from rugby fans (both league and union)

  20. Col. Mustafa — on 1st February, 2006 at 1:30 pm  

    Gaz, i have to agree with there; Rugby fans are definitely alot better than footy fans.
    I goto the London Wasps games pretty much whenever there on, i have alot of die hard rugby friends.
    But the atmosphere is so much more friendlier and better than footy games ive been to.
    You actually enjoy yourselves without having to be paranoid.
    Everyones drinking as well; but theres no violence or slandering or anything.
    So i guess you can’t always blame the alcohol.

  21. BevanKieran — on 1st February, 2006 at 1:33 pm  

    Agree with you Gaz

    I went to Wales vs Fiji and did not receive a single racist comment (supporting away side). I got more racial abuse at England games in the old Wembley stadium. (supporting home side).

    Rugby fans excel at drinking and acting with some decorum.

  22. Rohin — on 1st February, 2006 at 1:48 pm  

    Precisely El Cid. Vikrant there are loads of British Indians who support England, do even know how many have PLAYED for England?! I imagine you support the team you play for. And then there are stacks in county cricket who I’m sure support England too.

    Nasser Hussain is like me, he was born in India and came here as a child. His dad told him you’re British, you support England. They both did. I’m British, hence I support England. If I supported India in cricket, why would I support England at football? Cos they’re better than India’s team? Pah, glory supporters the lot of them.

    And yes, rugby fans are nice people – I’ve been to a few games at Twickenham, it’s not far from me. However, rugby PLAYERS are a debauched bunch!

  23. Vikrant — on 1st February, 2006 at 1:49 pm  

    Yaay so we all agree that Rugby fans are well behaved!

  24. Vikrant — on 1st February, 2006 at 1:51 pm  

    Well Naseer and Ramprakash are half-desis… Vikram Solanki and that-sikh-guy-who-got-picked-up-for-india-tour are only legit desis playin now.

  25. Vikrant — on 1st February, 2006 at 1:52 pm  

    anyways people in my town are more inetersted in Horse races at Ascot rather than Rugby or Cricket!

  26. flygirl — on 6th February, 2006 at 12:36 am  

    Hello…commenting as an Aussie, and a Lankan-descended Aussie, I’d have to agree that Aussie crowds can be pretty awful at the cricket, it seems to bring out the worst in them. The 1970s saw the introduction of a strong yobbo element to cricket crowds, that tied in with alcohol gives a heady mix. Full credit to the Aussies for finally thinking of banning them, but it signifies a hardening of latent attitudes.

    I might disagree slightly with Kalu’s statement: some of the sledging was misconstrued as racist; terms like “cobber” were interpreted as racist when it’s an ordinary term like, well, yobbo.

    It’s striking that racsim was directed towards the South Africans as well this time. Having “black cunt” thrown at Lankans is nothing new, but a concerted effort have them ejected and banned is most welcome.

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