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Gibbs' racial slur fetches 2-match ban

A stump microphone picked up Gibbs using abusive language to describe some Pakistan supporters in the crowd.

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  • Updated: January 15, 2007, 7:41 PM IST
Gibbs' racial slur fetches 2-match ban

New Delhi: Herschelle Gibbs has been banned for two Test matches by the ICC after South Africa beat Pakistan in the first Test at Centurion on Monday.

South Africa's celebrations after winning the first Test against Pakistan were muted after it was confirmed that Herschelle Gibbs was to appear before a disciplinary committee for making abusive comments about a section of the crowd on Day IV of the Centurion Test.

Match referee Chris Broad announced the punishment to reporters on Monday after a hearing which followed South Africa's seven-wicket win.

Pakistan had lodged a complaint with Match Referee Chris Broad after a stump microphone picked up Gibbs using abusive language to describe some Pakistan supporters in the crowd.

Gibbs, who has apologised, made these comments to his teammates after three Pakistani supporters abused spinner Paul Harris who was fielding at the boundary.

Gibbs has been charged under Level 3.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct which prohibits using "any language or gestures that offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies another person on the basis of that person's race, religion, colour, descent or national or ethic origin."

Cricket South Africa earlier released a statement saying Gibbs would appear at a separate, internal disciplinary hearing.

The charge was laid by ICC CEO Malcolm Speed, and was to be heard after play later on Sunday.

Gibbs faced a ban of between two and four Test matches or between four and eight ODIs, which eventually was confirmed to two Tests.

As is known, the ICC has a zero tolerance policy on racism.

Gibbs has faced disciplinary action before. The opening batsman was fined and suspended for six months by the South African board after admitting he agreed to under-perform in a One-Day International in exchange for money on the 2000 tour to India.

Gibbs returned to India in October after a six-year self-imposed absence sparked by fears he would be detained by Indian authorities.

(With inputs from Reuters)



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