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Racism Claims Over Cricket Australia Tweet
Cricket Australia's official Twitter account has been accused of sending a racist tweet after posting a picture of four Sikh men dressed as Teletubbies with the message: "Will the real Monty Panesar please stand up?!"
The image was deleted shortly afterwards with the message: "We apologise for any offence caused by our earlier tweet. That was certainly not the intention. It has been removed."
However, it drew criticism and calls for disciplinary action from users of the social media site.
Piers Morgan tweeted: "Will someone please get fired for this?"
He later added: "I see @cricketaus has now deleted that @MontyPanesar tweet. Very wise. Casual racism is not 'banter'."
Yorkshire cricketer Jack Brooks wrote: "Who's the gimp from @CricketAus tweeting terrible gags? Fetch your P45 youth. #SackedInTheMorning"
Mohammedk87 wrote: "That tweet about Monty Panesar is blatant racism no matter how it gets disguised, it's obvious his Sikh faith is being mocked...."
However other Twitter users denied the post was offensive.
"My goodness seriously can someone tell me what was offensive about that picture?" wrote @pattonmeister.
@jdh089 wrote: "can someone please explain how this is racist & offensive please? 4 Stuart broad lookalikes dressed as teletubbies offend any1?"
This latest controversy comes just a week after public announcer David Nixon was stood down at a warm-up game in Alice Springs after announcing Panesar's name in an exaggerated Indian accent.
"Cricket Australia deemed the conduct of the PA announcer inappropriate and as such he will not take any further part in the match," a spokesman said of the incident.
Spinner Panesar was recalled to the England side for the second Ashes test in Adelaide.
England are currently 1-0 down in the series after losing the first test in Brisbane by 381 runs.