Below is the transcript of the recording from the Channel Nine stump microphone, which was used as evidence in Harbhajan’s appeal (in the Justice Hansen hearing):
Symonds walks towards Harbhajan at the end of an over and says something …(inaudible).
Symonds: “Go and yell at your teammates …. You called me monkey again.”
Matthew Hayden: “Twice. You’ve got a witness now champ.”
Hayden then walks towards Harbhajan.
Hayden: “That’s the last time.”
Harbhajan: “No listen he started it.”
Hayden: “Doesn’t matter mate, it’s racial vilification mate. It’s a shit word and you know it.”
Soon after, Michael Clarke approaches umpire Mark Benson.
Clarke: “It’s not the first time. He done it in India and got into strife. That’s the second time he’s done it.”
Ricky Ponting then walks up to Benson and gestures towards fellow umpire Steve Bucknor.
Ponting: “Go and tell him. Go and tell him straight away.”
After abusing cricket players worldwide for decades, they can’t take it. I think Harbhajan should’ve told in a press conference openly, “Yes, I called that idiotic Symonds a monkey.” After dishing out for years, why are the Aussies acting like weak kids? They can’t take a word like “monkey”????
I think after going through the above transcript, one thing’s for sure.. Ponting and his bunch of merry men really acted like school kids complaining to their class teacher!!! Are these the “tough World Champs”??? no way… Chimps? ;-) Maybe.