Re: Australia's true colors
- From: jlichterm@xxxxxxxxx
- Date: 29 Dec 2005 16:24:52 -0800
> On 29 Dec 2005 13:41:30 -0800, jlichterm@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
> >But not the abuse at Melbourne - he was an Aussie.
> The police have denied they kicked the guy out because of racist
> comments. They have issued a statement that he was kicked out for
> being an idiot, nothing to do with racism. There is some disagreement
> as to whether the abuse was racist. In any case he was abusing Andre
> Nel in Afrikaans, so again it probably a South African immigrant.
If thats the case, how would the police know it wasnt racist? None of
this adds up. We have conflicting reports, one alleging racist abuse,
the other denying racist abuse. The one denying racist abuse says the
slurs were in Afrikaans, which begs the question how on earth Aussie
cops would know whether it was racist or not.
> Police deny MCG taunts were racist
> December 29, 2005 - 11:25AM
> Victorian police have denied a man ejected from the MCG yesterday had
> racially vilified a South African player.
> Assistant Commissioner Gary Jamieson said police at the ground
> observed the man engaging in a string of offensive language directed
> at a South African player believed to be Andre Nel during day three of
> the Boxing Day Test yesterday.
> But the man, one of 41 ejected from the ground for a range of offences
> yesterday, did not racially abuse Nel, Mr Jamieson said.
> While some of the insults were delivered in Afrikaans, the man was
> ejected for offensive language, he said.
> "It [the man's removal] was because of his behaviour and his
> language,'' Mr Jamieson told journalists today.
> "It was direct taunts and insulting swear language against a South
> African player and that was why he was ejected.''
> Patrons ejected from the ground can be fined up to $205 under the
> Crowd Control Management Act, but the man was not fined yesterday.
> "Perhaps he learned from his misbehaviour. Certainly he was regretful
> for his misconduct,'' Mr Jamieson said.
> The decision was made at the discretion of a police sergeant at the
> ground, he said.
> The Melbourne man was sitting in an area of the Southern Stand
> formerly known as Bay 13 and was inciting others to behave badly, Mr
> Jamieson said.
> Mr Jamieson's denial that there was a racial basis to the man's
> comments is in contrast to comments today by MCG chief executive
> Stephen Gough.
> Mr Gough said the man was ejected for using racist and offensive
> language and that it was the first time an MCG patron had been evicted
> for using racist taunts.
> "A person was evicted yesterday for using racist and offensive
> language," Mr Gough said today on ABC Radio.
> "I believe this is the first time this has happened at the MCG."
> South African players were subjected to racist abuse from the crowd
> during last week's drawn first Test at the WACA Ground in Perth.
> An MCC spokesman said today details of yesterday's incident had only
> emerged this morning and the MCC would be seeking further information
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