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Monkeygate Scandal Ind vs Aus 2008: Sachin criticized by The Herald Sun

New Delhi, 2 January, 2012: Australian newspaper 'The Herald Sun' today slammed Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar for backing Harbhajan Singh during the controversial 'Monkeygate scandal' during 2008 series between India and Australia.  In a report published in 'The Herald Sun' authored by Malcom Conn, he says that the Australian players lost their respect for Sachin Tendulkar after the incident.

The Monkeygate incident occured during the second test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy held between January 2-6, 2008 at Sydney. Australia won the test which was controversial in many ways. The two umpires in the test Steve Bucknow and Mark Benson came up with several wrong decisions.   Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh got in a row with Australian allrounder Andrew Symonds which was later rated as a racial abuse. Harbhajan was banned by the match referee Mike Procter for three tests, and Indian team threatened to pull out from the ongoing tour.  

Sachin Tendulkar was of opinion that Harbhajan Singh did not use the word "Monkey" abusing Andrew Symonds, instead he used an Hindi word which sounded like "Monkey"

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