Murali disapproves 'racist' antics by fans; wants them to be eject

Sydney, Oct 29 (UNI) Strongly disapproving the reported racist antics by Indian spectators on Andrew Symonds, Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan has asked hosts authorities to eject unruly fans from Australian stadia during their tour to protect the fabric of the game.

''Whatever happened in India, those things shouldn't have happened. People should come along and have fun, rather than make personal remarks,'' said Murali, who aims to overtake retired Aussie Shane Warne's record (708) Test wickets in the series.

''Andrew Symonds is a very good friend of mine and he would have felt very bad about whatever happened in India,''said Murali, who claimed he had never been racially abused in Australia.

''Those things should not have happened. In Sri Lanka, they won't have a problem like that, they come and enjoy. If you lose they will congratulate the other team,'' he was quoted as saying by the Australian media.

The worst thing he claims to have been subjected to in Australia was having bottles thrown at him playing for a Rest of the World team during the ICC Super Test in Sydney in October 2005.

He rated racial insults a much greater blight on the game than crowds calling him for no-balls, or throwing projectiles onto the playing arena.

''Racial insults are more bad. No matter what race you come from you can't change it,'' the Lankan said.

Murali thanked Symonds and Australian skipper Ricky Ponting for urging fans to act graciously towards him if he overtakes Shane Warne's record (708) for most Test wickets.


Story first published: Monday, October 29, 2007, 19:06 [IST]
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