Cape Town - An Australian spectator has received a three-year ban from Cricket Australia after he wrote graffiti which labeled Proteas batsman, Hashim Amla, a 'terrorist' during the second Test at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Tasmania.
According to the Stuff.co.nz website, the incident was brought to the attention of authorities at the ground and dealt with immediately.
The graffiti was written on a fence at the ground.
A spokesperson from Cricket Australia confirmed the 24 year old had indeed received a ban.
"Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania can confirm a crowd behaviour issue that occurred on day one of the Commonwealth Bank Test match against South Africa in Hobart,"
"Tasmania Police identified the person of interest through CCTV and witnesses in the area. Cricket Australia has issued the person with a three-year ban from any Cricket Australia match, nationally.
"Cricket Australia takes a zero-tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour at any of our matches, which includes racial vilification.
"Our message to any fan attending a match is that if you display anti-social behaviour you will be removed and risk being banned from any cricket match across Australia, as well as police action being taken," the spokesperson concluded.
This is not the first time Amla has been called a 'terrorist' with Australian commentator Dean Jones fired for a remark he made during a Test match in Colombo in 2006 during the Proteas tour of Sri Lanka.