Sydney:The racism row does not seem to die down. Days after Indian off spinner Harbhajan Singh was absolved of racism charges, the Australian media has lambasted the ICC judge for letting Bhajji off the hook.
The Australian media continues to be critical of the Harbhajan verdict. The report in the Sydney Morning Herald says:
"Justice Hansen's claim is that an 'ordinary' person which should read as 'ordinary black person' should not feel racially offended if he's called a monkey, especially when that person started it by swearing.
Lets run through this again, a person of a different race swears at me and therefore I can call him black, monkey, ape or nigger and its okay because they provoked me. So according to Hansen even if Harbhajan called him a monkey or not, it was okay because Symonds asked for it."
Meanwhile, according to the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper in Australia has reported that Australian players plan to send a letter to their cricket board outlining their disappointment over the Harbhajan Singh verdict.
The players are said to be upset at being let down by Cricket Australia after being pressurized to downgrade the charge against Harbhajan from racial to general abuse.
The players apparently agreed to this because they felt they could still get Harbhajan a sizeable punishment but are now furious that they have been made look like the guilty party.
Cricket Australia are said to have warned the players that they could not afford to be sued by ESPN in the event of India pulling out of the tour.