Hogg tweets Australia Day slur to Muslims
Andrew Wu - January 26, 2012
Former Test cricketer Rodney Hogg's anti-Muslim slur on Twitter was "more than despicable, it's the pits really", the leader of an Islamic group said today.
Hogg is embroiled in a racial controversy after an ill-advised attempt at humour on Australia Day.
"Just put out my aussie flag for Australia Day but I wasn't sure if it would offend Muslims...So I wrote "Allah is a shit" on it to make sure," Hogg tweeted at midday today.
Hogg later apologised, tweeting: "Bad attempted Australian humour, sorry if I offended you." When that explanation was also met with angry responses, Hogg issued another apology. My sincere apologies to the Muslim community. A stupid tweet by me in very bad taste, Hogg tweeted. But he declined a request for an interview, telling Fairfax: "Very bad attempted Aussie humour. My apologies for offending. that is all I wld like to say."
The president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Ikebal Patel, said the remark was "absolutely despicable" for a person like Hogg, who played against Pakistan during his international career.
"For him to say such things is more than despicable, it's the pits really," Mr Patel said.
"It's not at all humorous. If that's level of his humour then God help him."
Hogg's gaffe comes on the same day as former captain Ricky Ponting was honoured for his "distinguished service" to cricket with an Order of Australia award.
Mr Patel said Hogg, 60, had tarnished his on-field achievements.
"I'm very disappointed that I paid money to watch him now," Mr Patel said.
Hogg's tweet, which was deleted mid-afternoon, sparked a flurry of responses on Twitter
"@RMHogg that is a disgraceful thing to say. I hope @Uz-Khawaja sees this," tweeted jeffrey-gabriel, referring to Usman Khawaja, the first Muslim cricketer to wear the baggy green.
His apology also drew a heated response.
"Thousands of Australians from all creeds, religions and cultures? Australia day is for ALL Australians not just redneck yobos," tweeted 4Q2x.
But not all condemned Hogg, who played 38 Tests and 71 ODIs between 1978 and 1985.
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