Viljoen suspended for racism

14 June 2019 | Sports

Namibian player Christoffel Viljoen has been suspended for four matches after accepting that he was in breach of the International Cricket Council's anti-racism code for participants, following two incidents that occurred during an ICC T20 World Cup Africa qualifier match last month.

Viljoen made inappropriate comments during the match against Uganda in Kampala on 21 May that were considered to be in breach of the ICC's Anti-Racism Code, which resulted in him being charged with offences under 2.1.1. of the code, namely: “Engaging in any conduct (whether through the use of language, gestures or otherwise) which is likely to offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage or vilify any reasonable person in the position of a player, player support personnel, umpire, match referee, umpire support personnel or any other person (including a spectator) on the basis of their race, religion, culture, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin.” Viljoen has been handed four suspension points for each offence, which will run concurrently and result in him missing Namibia's next four matches.

As per article 7.3 of the Anti-Racism Code, Viljoen will also have to undergo an education programme to promote a better understanding and awareness of issues directly relevant to the offence that he committed. The ICC will work with the Cricket Namibia to determine when and how this should take place.

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