gibbs3_1_1.jpgHerschelle Gibbs the South African cricketer was banned for two Test matches after he was found guilty of making racist remarks during yesterday’s play in the first Test against Pakistan at Centurion. He claimed that he had no idea that the stump microphone was on…but surely he couldn’t take that for granted? Surely he knew that he was being watched, that someone could hear, that perhaps microphones could pick it up? Obviously, he could not contain his anger.
Gibbs’ defense (and some of his team-mates are defending him – Dispatch) is that the South African cricketers were being subjected to abuse by the crowd. In fact, “two Pakistan supporters had been asked to leave the stadium after South Africa had complained to stadium security that spin bowler Paul Harris had been abused by them while fielding on the boundary.”

Unfortunately for Gibbs, cricketers are held more accountable than uruly fans. He was charged under Level 3.3 of the Code 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 ethnic origin’ – an ICC statement. 

Sports crowds the world over are known to become rowdy and are often uncontrollable. Surprising that a veteran like Gibbs was not able to handle the pressure.