No place for racism in cricket
bY STEVE SPINKS firstname.lastname@example.org RACIAL abuse has no place on the cricket field and Australian captain Ricky Ponting did the right thing by bringing Harbhajan Singh's slur to the attention of the umpires.
That's the view of Andrew Gordon, believed to be the only Aboriginal cricketer playing in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League.
Gordon, a Ballina Bears player and former captain, believes the behaviour of Singh was unacceptable.
"I agree with what has been done," Gordon said of Singh's three-match ban.
"If you're from another culture or not you should know how to hold your tongue.
"It's an individual perspective not a cultural perspective and he (Singh) should face the full set of consequences.
"You have to use the right terminology on the cricket field or you will get yourself into trouble. Racial vilification is definitely not on."
However, that does not mean that every altercation on the field should be dealt with by the match referee.
"Captains should have the right to sort things out in the middle," Gordon said.
"At the time (of the incident) it struck me that the umpire did the right thing by covering his mouth and talking to the players.
"As a captain if any of my players did some stuff then I would like the opportunity to deal with it."