Australian media 'aggressively harassing our players': South Africa

Adelaide, Nov 21: South Africa today (November 21) slammed Australian media's behaviour for "aggressively harassing" their players with "blatant disrespect" after an incident in Adelaide ahead of the 3rd Test against the hosts.

Du Plessis charged with ball tampering

A "Channel 9" reporter was seen being shoved against a glass door by South African cricket team's security official Will Crouch at the Adelaide airport on Monday (November 21). The reporter was attempting to interview captain Faf du Plessis after he was charged with ball tampering in 2nd Test which the Proteas won to clinch the series.

A file photo of South African players celebrating an Australian wicket in a Test

Following the altercation at the airport, Proteas' team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee issued a statement slamming the behaviour "Channel 9).

Here is the statement from Dr Mohammed Moosajee on Adelaide Airport incident

"The Australian media and Channel 9 News in particular have been advised on numerous occasions over the past few days that Cricket South Africa and captain, Faf du Plessis, are not in a position to comment on the alleged ball tampering issue.

However, despite our best intentions to co-operate with the Australian media, Channel 9 News' behaviour has been disappointing. We have advised of our media protocol which has been blatantly ignored, both at the team's hotel on Friday and Saturday and again at the airport in Adelaide today.

This is the third incident of a reporter aggressively harassing our players with blatant disrespect of the above-mentioned media protocol.

The 'reporter' at the airport disrespected us and continued to harass Faf for comment. The 'reporter' was also in the unusual position of being in the middle of the players' walkway to the bus. He was advised to move three times, and did not adhere to this request. The 'reporter', who also had no official accreditation, then proceeded to lunge towards Faf with an unknown object causing a direct breach of security protocol. The reporter also shoved the team manager in the back.

Throughout the tour we have respected all our media obligations and treated media with utmost respect. At the same time, we would like to see this respect reciprocated and will not accept such behaviour as displayed by the Channel 9 News reporter."

OneIndia News

Story first published: Monday, November 21, 2016, 12:38 [IST]
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