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Cricket Australia acts after laser claims

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January 14, 2009

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Wayne Parnell: "There was a green flash and it was pretty bright and the light seemed to be pointing towards me" © Getty Images

Cricket Australia has apologised to the South Africans for members of the crowd who used a green laser to put off Wayne Parnell in the closing stages of Australia's six-wicket win in Brisbane on Tuesday night. In the 18th over of Australia's pursuit of 5 for 157 Michael Hussey hit a catch to Parnell at long-off, which he dropped, but television replays showed lights flashing from the stands that might have distracted him.

"There was a green flash and it was pretty bright and the light seemed to be pointing towards me," Parnell told the Herald Sun. "It was all a bit strange. I only saw it then, but maybe it was flashed around at other times, I am not sure."

"I am not making any excuses, I think it was a pretty valiant effort to take the catch. I wouldn't have caught it anyway. You have to be professional and I guess sometimes you have to deal with these things."

Peter Young, a Cricket Australia spokesman, told the ABC it was "just not cricket to do this sort of thing … it's stupid". "The South African team has advised that it didn't affect them and they're not proposing to make a complaint. CA has apologised to them that this has happened while they are guests in this country and they have accepted that apology."

He said steps would be taken to stop it from happening again. "We're seeking police advice about what the maximum penalty might be," he said. "Our manager of crowd security is talking to police today just to understand that. If we detect people doing this sort of thing, we will react to the maximum possible extent that we can. We're just taking advice on whether or not we can have charges laid."

The South Africa coach Mickey Arthur said the team was not bothered by the incident. "It didn't make any difference in terms of the catch," he said. "It didn't make any difference in terms of the result.

"We are confident CA will be sorting that type of stuff out. It's a small issue and we're not going to make a huge song and dance about it. We're just here to play cricket. We don't want to get involved in too many off-field side-shows."

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Posted by Ups_rf on (January 19, 2009, 6:38 GMT)

I'm sure there are a few hooligans among sports fans no matter which country or game. Having said that, in my humble opinion, hooliganism seems to be more prominent among Australian crowds. Consider the abuse dished out to players like Murali by crowds. So much so that Murali (usually the complete and true gent was seen giving the idiot Aussie fans the finger)! And please refer to an interview by Mark Boucher in which he speaks to cricinfo about the CB series between Aus, SL and SA - Aussie crowd abusing both SA and SL racially and otherwise (I think and official complaint was made). My point is that Aus authorities need to tighten it up.

Posted by cyberwally on (January 17, 2009, 11:27 GMT)

What a disgracefully low act, I hope the muppet with the laser is caught and banned for life. I also hope any spectators around him who saw what he did are helping to identify him. This sort of thing ruins sport and is particularly disappointing after such a great test series. Have the media over reacted - short of hanging the culprit, I don't think over reaction is possible!

Posted by eyballfallenout on (January 16, 2009, 2:08 GMT)

I will not go to live cricket anymore, I stopped about 4 years ago. The need to ban alcohol and be tougher on these idiots, I have even seen people do so many things fights, piss in cups and through it in the air on mexican waves, is this the type of place to take your kids. Its filth and i am sic of it. I was so happy when they started to put the match on local TV......

Posted by Kay_Cee on (January 15, 2009, 6:54 GMT)

the bottom line is, there are idiots at every cricket game around the world, not just in Australia.I have been to domestic games here in SA and it gets rough sometimes.Some people just dont know when to stop,and then they have a few cold ones to its inevitable that some stupid things are going to happen..its still not right.Whilst we all know that Parnell's catch would probably have had no effect on the result,I can tell you he completely misjudged it because of the laser.The ball almost knocked him in the face.....few cricketers misjudges a catch that badly,unless there were other factors - ie the sun in Hussey's drop in the tests.Well done to CA for acting speedily,and well done to the Proteas and in particular Parnell for handling the matter professionally...he didnt have much of a choice anyway cos his last 2 overs cost us the game (along with the missed stumping).The ODIs will be 1-sided, unless Gibbs,Kallis,vJaarsveld & de villiers starts performing.Duminy remains our key

Posted by kyer on (January 15, 2009, 5:54 GMT)

I bet there are a S..t load of SA fans heading down to the local novelty store right this second to buy their own lasers. Pity....but it's gonna happen. Lets prey we behave ourselves, but I can't see it happening. After a couple of pints....

Posted by southindia on (January 15, 2009, 4:23 GMT)

i live in queensland and this incident almost made me ashamed to be a queenslander! this whole series has been played with the best interests of cricket in mind, including some of the finest displays of sportsmanship that i have seen anywhere, and yet all it takes is some fool to but a big dirty black mark on the spirit of the game. that being said, i thought it was handled pretty well by both cricket aus and the south african's and not least of which wayne parnell himself! he seemed loath to blame the dropped catch on the laser, saying instead "i wouldn't have caught it anyway". many lesser sportsmen would have definitely taken the easy way out, so props to you wayne!

Posted by slugger1969 on (January 15, 2009, 3:29 GMT)

A huge pat on the back for Huntz01. Well said. Unfortunately, idiots are not confined to one particular country, they are everywhere. Samdiatmh stop being a clown. The Australian public in general would be happy to see these idiots thrown out of the ground, heavily fined and/or banned from further matches. Another point Huntz01 made was the way Mickey Arthur has handled the issue. Not only this issue but the entire tour. The cricket was fantastic from both sides. The winners were gracious in victory and the losers gracious in defeat. It's just a pity that we have complete retards like this idiot with the laser to throw a spanner in the works.

Posted by Looch on (January 15, 2009, 2:22 GMT)

A stupid act by a stupid person. There always seem to some fool in the crowd (regardless of what nation you are in!) who needs to draw attention to themselves but this guy could of caused some physical damage to Parnell and if they ever find him he should be charged with assault and never allowed into a sporting arena again. Although the South African team was not too concerned about it, I was pleased to see that CA quickly apologised to them and it was gracefully accecpted. As for comments about Australian crowds, especially samdiatmh and is0587, I would just like to remind you of the 1996 World Cup semi final when India played Sri Lanka. It is an example of how an unsporting, ungentlemanly crowd reacts when their team is losing and thankfully we have not seen such a reaction since anywhere in the world.

Posted by SLAMMER on (January 15, 2009, 1:56 GMT)

To madmike360 - I completely agree with you on how the game should proceed, i.e. the Australian team and its fans can and should behave in an unsporting, uncivilised, and petty fashion at every possible opportunity, while every visiting team should behave in a gentlemanly fashion and get on with the game rather than stand up to the stupid and petty behaviour of the Australian team and the crowds.When the opposing team dish it out to Aussies then is simply not cricket and bad behaviour needs to be stamped out.

Posted by rascally on (January 15, 2009, 1:25 GMT)

Shame it was in QLD and not NSW as the government recently introduced laws about the use of lasr pointers. I hope they find whoever it was and charge them and ban them from entering ANY sporting venue in the country!!!! KA-USA - since you have to bring Inida into it - The Aus team didn't make any issue of what happened in India ODI series, it was the media. Get ir right.

Posted by Simmo100 on (January 14, 2009, 23:30 GMT)

This article loses credibility in the first paragraph by saying it was a relatively simple catch. Rubbish, there was no way Parnell was going to take the catch, laser or not. Nevertheless, its a serious incident and the idiot with the laser should be banned for life. To KA-USA, racism is a serious issue here mate, and I don't think it should be taken lightly in any effort to stamp it out.

Posted by Huntz01 on (January 14, 2009, 22:54 GMT)

All of you need to have a good long hard look at yourselves with your comments, laying blame on each others nation. Seriously in any country in any sporting event there are idiots in the crowd who spoil it for everyone else. No nation can honestly say it doesn't happen in their country. As for comments saying Aussie fans cant take losing (samdiatmh) obviously you didn't observe the applause given to South Africans during their test victory here in Oz. Hats off to Mickey Arthur for his professionalism with this issue. Here's hoping the perpertrators are caught and banned for life.

Posted by bobagorof on (January 14, 2009, 22:10 GMT)

Unfortunately there's always some lout who thinks that it's fun to ruin it for everyone else. They don't care about how their actions affect others and could even cause permenant damage - in this case eye damage. I don't mind a bit of harmless fun (T-shirts, beach balls, mexican waves, etc), but I have no problem with 'fun police' stamping out obnoxious activities that can affect a result or the health of players and spectators or the enjoyment of those around them. Unfortunately there is a culture of Australian sports fans celebrating being yobbos and louts, or at least a few bad apples spoiling the barrel. Get angry at them, not the authorities who are forced to clamp down because of a few idiots with no respect for others.

Posted by Salmon89 on (January 14, 2009, 21:50 GMT)

I think the South Africans have handled the issue very well. To label Australian as "the most unsporting nation in the world" based on the action of one "fan" as kannancet86 does is unjustified. Madmike360 probably has a point regarding India. Does kool_Indian really think Cricket Australia would threaten to cancel a tour in progress due to being unhappy with a disciplinary decision like India did last season? And KA-USA is correct in saying that it is difficult to control the lunatics in the crowd who do get in. However KA-USA has conveniently forgotten that Symonds did NOT make an issue of the monkey chants - he wanted it forgotten. Even when Harbarjan made the monkey comment to him in India, he accepted an apology on the basis that it wouldn't happen again. It was only when Harbarjan allegedly made the comment to Symonds the second time (in Australia) that it became a serious issue. Please all readers, get your facts straight.

Posted by ron4fur on (January 14, 2009, 21:44 GMT)

What I don't understand is how the reporter could call the catch "relatively simple"!!! It was anything but simple...there was a lot of ground to cover and in the end, he had to dive for it! Having said that, nothing justifies the stupid behavior from the fan. Good to see Cricket Australia jumping in quickly and taking action to ensure this doesn't happen again.

Where SA lost the game was two missed opportunities...Mike Hussey stumping opportunity and Camron White catch at long off that Duminy misjudged.

Posted by _IndianCricketFan on (January 14, 2009, 20:33 GMT)

Madmike, it was the Australian media too that made a huge issue out of the monkey chant which should never have been blown that far. And please dont talk about "gentelmen" when Australia is anywhere nearby. Australian crowds are known for their bad behavior. There is nothing gentlemanly about that.

Posted by kool_Indian on (January 14, 2009, 19:31 GMT)

'mad'mike360 - This incident happened in aus n SA is the visiting team, why do you bring India into this, this shows how insecure you are! BTW, your screen name 'mad'mike360 however says everything!

Posted by KA-USA on (January 14, 2009, 18:51 GMT)

Australia should take some tips from this incident. A minor incident of a couple of idiots in the spectators making Monkey chants and actions was blown out of proportion by Pointing and his men a couple of years ago when touring India. It is difficult to control each and every individual in the crowd and a few lunatic's somehow always manage to get in. As long as the players are safe, it should not be made into a big issue. That issue has actually continued to haunt Australia and Symonds ever since as the secret to tick the mighty Aussies came out in open. I am in no manner justifying the incident and no doubt it was completely wrong but it was ridiculous the way Australian team blew it up. Its ironic that madmike360 in his comment should be talking about gentlemen's game. He should realize that the godly behavior in this case was on part of SA and not Australia. Hope it instills some sense into Australians to reciprocate with SA and other countries at appropriate times.

Posted by DamieninFrance on (January 14, 2009, 18:13 GMT)

To madmike, too true. The Indian/Aus series is always controversial, and it doesn't matter who does what, it's always someone else's fault! To South Africa, I can't believe that I'm saying this but you really are true sportspeaole and a genuine leadership group in world cricket with your temprament and behaviour. They know that some idiot, anywhere (whether Australian, Indian, Zimbabwean or other nationality) can spoil the fun of everyone else who's playing a fair game. This team of the proteas is leading the world in cricket ability and sportsman-like behaviour. I only hope that the rest of the world can develop the temprament to match them.

To samdiatmh- seriously! If you'd called Australians bad sports, I could accept that, but your response is both outrageous and foolish. Look at your own fans' use of mirrors to shine sunlight in opposing players eyes, and then consider the actions of one fool in the crowd. 'Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones'.

Posted by kannancet86 on (January 14, 2009, 17:23 GMT)

What the aussie crowd require is a movie and not a game of cricket.They want their 'heroes to' win everytime,and do all their bit even if illegal to see that they do so ,once again proved that Australia is the most unsporting nation in the world

Posted by talharulez on (January 14, 2009, 17:18 GMT)

SA has taken a very professional path towards this issue. Hats off to them!! I know that here in US, this incident happened in one of the college football games and it was just pathetic. Kool thing was, the cameras actually picked up who that moron was. Don't know after that what happened to him other than the fact that he was arrested and thrown into jail. I hope that idiot never gets to enter any football field again!!!

Posted by Adhil.mothie on (January 14, 2009, 14:56 GMT)

I think its a real bazzare thing to have happend,i think it could become a real problem if fans continue to do this.i think if they are real fans,they should be feel really proud if their team won fairly not through cheating espically not with the help of the fans

Posted by Sharkbait on (January 14, 2009, 14:50 GMT)

I don't think that it influenced the catch or the game, however it could've done so and this is why it needs to be addressed. This has been a fantastic series and the last thing that is needed is for this to over-shadow the cricket.

Posted by StarveTheLizard on (January 14, 2009, 14:14 GMT)

A laser light can cause permanent eye damage. It is something that should be banned from any sporting event.

On the other hand,I won't be attending a game when I go back to Oz later this year. It sounds like the fun-police take all of the joy out of attending a game. I may as well just watch it on the telly. It will be a lot cheaper and I can wear a tee shirt with anybody's logo on it.

Posted by CricketPissek on (January 14, 2009, 13:41 GMT)

i think it's fair enough that CA will have to react to this. one moron is all it takes to start it, next thing you know it's snowballed and becomes ugly. but knowing the ICC, they might suddenly put a ban on anything shinier than X lumens or something.

Posted by samdiatmh on (January 14, 2009, 12:34 GMT)

Aussie fans just can't take losing, so they laser the players who will take the chance and win them the game


that idiot should be banned for life from cricket, and put under tracking device

Posted by erajh on (January 14, 2009, 12:18 GMT)

This sort of action by Australians trully potray what wonderful sportman they are. If this had happened to Australia while visiting any other country,it would have been a massive uproar and the rest of the world wouldn't hear the end of it, but ofcourse sadly when it's the Australians doing it, it's just a bit of fun isn't it?.....

Posted by Revnq on (January 14, 2009, 11:20 GMT)

Who cares what the media are making of it? The South Africans have pointed out that it did not have an effect on Parnell's catching, and the Australians are investigating the incident and if possible will ban the idiot.

Posted by robheinen on (January 14, 2009, 10:54 GMT)

Authorities will have to exact authority. Law enforcers will always find criminals. Members of the press will always find something to write about. Still there will always be idiots in this world. No matter what.

Posted by Lani on (January 14, 2009, 10:52 GMT)

They say catches win matches, and if these lasers put off fielders so that they can't take catches, then this could have an impact on the results of matches. But hats off to SA for not making a big thing about it, that's the professional thing to do.

Posted by madmike360 on (January 14, 2009, 10:40 GMT)

Hats off to the Micky Arthur and South Africans, this is the way players should be dealing with stuff like that. If it was a match between Indian and Australia, Indian media will make a huge fuss out of this. This is how the gentlemen's game should proceed.

Is this a real concern or are the media making a mountain out of a molehill?
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