Australian cricket fans are already pushing the boundaries of the new hardline anti-racism laws after England bowler Monty Panesar (above) was called a “stupid Indian” at the SCG during a tour match against NSW. Panesar “ a bearded Sikh who wears a black patka “ was targeted by a group of fans during day one of the match as he fielded near the boundary fence under the Clive Churchill Stand.
The Daily Telegrah witnessed a fan call the left-arm spinner a “stupid Indian who couldn’t speak English”.
“Give us a wave Monty,” the spectator shouted. “You can’t speak English you stupid Indian, I’ll have to say it in Indian. What are you doing playing in the English side, you’re not English.”
The tourists were unhappy after spectators shouted “kaffir” “ a racist term used against black people in southern South Africa “ from the stands.
Before the tour began South Africa captain Graeme Smith warned Panesar would face an “unbelievable amount of abuse” during the Ashes series.
“I was chatting to some of our team just the other day and we all shivered at the prospect of what he could be in for,” Smith said.
“I sincerely hope for everyone’s sake, but especially his, that it isn’t of a racist nature, but our own experience obviously leaves us with doubts.”