'Under fire' Ritchie apologises to Proteas for racist harangues

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 03, 2012 07:30 hrs

Former Test batsman Greg Ritchie has flown to Perth and has apologised in person to South African team management for the racist, anti-Muslim slurs he made on-stage at a Test-match lunch at the Gabba last month.

Ritchie came under fire in Brisbane for using the forbidden word kaffir as well as telling a gag in which three Muslim boys were locked in his boot, and his racist harangues was followed by cancellation after cancellation of speaking gigs, his primary source of income.

Ritchie has since travelled to Perth to apologise to South Africa's manager, Mohammed Moosajee, which he hopes will allow him to return to the circuit, albeit with the offending jokes removed.

"He said it takes a big man to apologise believe it takes a bigger man to accept my apology, and he did that," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Ritchie, as saying to an Australian channel.

While Ritchie had his contract to speak at a dinner before the Adelaide Test torn up by the South Australian Cricket Association, Cricket Australia has been at pains to insist he was never formally banned from gigs at its grounds.

But CA had offered not too subtle advice that "it was not appropriate for Greg to be at our cricket venues at this time."

That did not sit well with Ritchie, and he said in an interview: "I wonder what their motivation is to let one of their own be trashed the way my name has been trashed." (ANI)

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