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Fanie in trouble

Fanie de Villiers

Johannesburg: Former South Africa pacer Fanie de Villiers has landed himself in hot waters after making remarks which were deemed offensive by the Portuguese community in the country, while commentating on television during the first Test between India and South Africa, here.

The remarks were made when images of two young women supporters with their hands in the air were flashed on TV screens during the match.

De Villiers commented that if they were in Portugal, one would see only black under their arms, suggesting that Portuguese women had hygiene issues.

De Villiers’ employer SuperSport confirmed that he might face disciplinary action for making unsavoury remarks on air during the first Test here on Friday.

South Africa has a sizeable community of Portuguese origin, prompting many complaints on De Villiers’ remarks.

Some said they would also lodge complaints with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa, which administers a Code of Conduct that precludes any form of discrimination, including any remarks based on race or gender.