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Symonds racially abused in India say Australian cricket officials

Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds was racially abused with monkey chants during his side’s one-day win over India in Vadodara, Cricket Australia said Friday.Cricket Australia said the national side’s only black player complained about the noises made by some sections of the crowd as he fielded near the boundary during Thursday’s victory.

A Cricket Australia spokesman said the organisation would not be seeking further action over the incident.

“The matter will be left in the hands of the local authorities,” he told AFP.

The abuse was widely reported in Australian newspapers, with the Sydney Morning Herald saying the monkey chants were similar to those that have plagued European football for years.

Sydney’s Daily Telegraph said thousands of spectators were involved in the abuse, prompting ground authorities to flash the International Cricket Council’s anti-racism code on the replay screen.

The Australian newspaper quoted Baroda Cricket Association chief executive Makarand Waingankar as saying he was disappointed with the Vadodara crowd’s behaviour.

“Like any cricket centre we cannot tolerate this sort of behaviour; racism should not exist in India,” Waingankar said.

Symonds has been involved in a running feud with Indian paceman Shantha Sreesanth during the tour of the subcontinent.

The Indian series has been clouded by ill temper, stemming in part from discontent within the Australian camp at the way India’s players celebrated their semi-final win over Australia in the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.

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