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Pakistan fans arrested for racial abuse

Cricinfo staff

October 12, 2007

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Four expatriate fans of Pakistani origin were arrested at Gaddafi Stadium during the final afternoon of the second Test between Pakistan and South Africa for making racially-motivated comments and gestures at members of the South African team.

The four, sitting in the Imran Khan stand, were arrested by local security officials during the afternoon session , after abusing three South African players and officials who were on their way to the nets.

"They were making racial comments about the South African team and they are now in lock-up," said a Pakistan board official. The remarks were directed at allrounder Vernon Philander, the assistant coach Vincent Barnes, and Faisul Nagel, the South African security consultant.

The incident mirrors the monkey chants directed at Australia's allrounder Andrew Symonds during the fifth ODI at Vadodara, but South Africa, like Australia, will not be lodging any complaints. Michael Owen-Smith, the team's media manager, said: "The matter was swiftly handled and we are not going to lodge an official complaint.

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