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Gibbs revisits racist abuse scandal involving Pakistan fans
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Gibbs revisits racist abuse scandal involving Pakistan fans

Former South Africa opener Herschelle Gibbs has revealed what exactly got him into trouble with the authorities during the 2007 home series against Pakistan. Gibbs was handed a suspension of two Tests from the International Cricket Council (ICC) after he was found guilty of directing racially charged taunts at a certain section of Pakistan fans.

Gibbs was caught on the stump mics muttering that some badly behaved Pakistani supporters were acting like “bloody animals”. While engaged in a Q/A session with fans on Twitter, the outspoken cricketer said the reason he had used such language was because the rowdy spectators were troubling his family.

It is pertinent to note here that Gibbs had apologized for his choice of words in the aftermath of the unsavory incident. He moved on from that controversy and subsequently did not make similar offensive remarks during the rest of his playing career.