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Australia’s Klein fined for racial abuse of opponent

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EASTBOURNE, England, June 19 (Reuters) - Australian player Brydan Klein has been fined 10,000 euros ($13,920) and suspended by his national sports body for racially abusing South African opponent Raven Klaasan during a qualifying match at the Eastbourne International, tennis officials said on Friday.

Klein, 19, had been given the maximum penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, the men’s ATP Tour said in a statement, adding that it was carrying out a fuller investigation which could result in an additional penalty for aggravated behaviour.

Tennis Australia said in a statement it had suspended Klein from the Australian Institute of Sport Pro Tour Program and could impose further sanctions after an investigation.

Media reports in Australia said Klein, the 2007 Australian Open junior champion, had called Klaasan a “kaffir” and spat at his coach and another player.

“The ATP has a zero tolerance policy against racism,” the body’s statement said.

Klein, the world number 184, beat Klaasan and made it as far as the second round of the Eastbourne main draw before being beaten by Serbian Janko Tipsarevic.
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Zero tolerance?

Shouldn't he be suspended for some time?
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Klein up to shit again.

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I think I must be a racist - I just can't stand Australians.

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http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/sto...9-3162,00.html

Brydan Klein embarrassed by his racial slur


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June 20, 2009 12:00am


TEENAGE Australian tennis player Brydan Klein yesterday issued a public apology to Raven Klaasen after admitting he had racially vilified his black South African opponent.

Klein, 19, faces sanctions from both the ATP Tour and Tennis Australia for calling Klaasen a "kaffir" at Eastbourne this week.

The 2007 Australian Open junior champion and current Davis Cup representative said he deeply regretted a "serious error in judgement".

"I would like to clarify my position on an incident that occurred during my match against Raven Klaasen in the last round of qualifying for the AEGON International at Eastbourne on June 14," Klein said in a statement.

"During the second set, after losing a point, I audibly used a racial slur.

"It was not my intention to racially vilify my opponent or cause offence to anybody else and I am deeply embarrassed that I behaved in this manner.

"I deeply regret my serious error in judgment in using this word and I am very sorry for the offence this has caused.

"After the match I called my opponent Raven and apologised for what had happened and also apologised for any offence caused to his support team.

"This incident is now currently being investigated by the ATP and as such I have been advised not to make any further comment."

The International Tennis Federation will also probe Klein's racial slur.

The Perth youngster has been suspended from the Australian Institute of Sport Pro Tour pending the investigation.

TA said it was extremely disappointed in Klein's conduct and would not rule out the possibility of further penalties.

Klaasen, 26, told his coach Stefan de Kock he was devastated by Klein's comment.

Use of the term is illegal in South Africa.

De Kock said Klein also spat at a group of South African coaches and players -- an accusation Klein denies.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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Essentially Klein called him a ni**er. This bitch should be banned.

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What a moron
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Zero tolerance?

Shouldn't he be suspended for some time?
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Interesting that nigger comes from negro which menas in portuguese or spanish "black", like noir.
In a literal way it´s just refering to the color of some person.
Funny, because when I was a kid I never thought it would be very derogative but since it is, we must tend to avoid.

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Good.
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I like the way he emphasizes that he "audibly" used the slur. Like as though saying it under his breath without anyone's knowing would excuse the behavior somehow.
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A word is illegal in a country? Thats kinda cool.

Anyway, Klein should be suspended for 2 years. Racist filth.

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Re: Australia’s Klein fined for racial abuse of opponent

Isn't "kaffir" an expression used only in South Africa? Surprises me that Klein actually knew it.

Also, isn't Klaasen mixed?

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaffir_(ethnic_slur)
The word kaffir, sometimes spelt kaffer or kafir, is an offensive term for a black person, most common in South Africa and other African countries. Generally considered a racial or ethnic slur in modern usage, it was previously a neutral term for black southern African people.
In South Africa today, the term is used both as an insult, and by some, as a common word for a black person. In any case, the term is regarded by most as highly offensive (in a similar way to "nigger" in other countries). Use of the word has been actionable in South African courts since at least 1976 under the offence of crimen injuria: "the unlawful, intentional and serious violation of the dignity of another".[3]
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