Sunday, January 6, 2008

Harbhajan Singh Banned for Racially Abusing Andrew Symonds

Sydney: Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has been banned for three Test matches for racially abusing Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee Mike Procter went with the Australian team’s version during the hearing that went on for more than six hours and decided to punish the Indian off-spinner.

According to the ICC's statement explaining the ban Harbhajan called Symonds a 'monkey' and it was a racial abuse on the basis of race and ethnic origin.

The ban comes into effect with immediate effect but the player could lodge an appeal with the ICC's legal counsel (Commissioner of Appeals) in writing within 24 hours.

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