News

Greg Ritchie defends Muslim jokes at Gabba Test lunch

Former test cricketer Greg Ritchie.
Former test cricketer Greg Ritchie. Chris Ison

FORMER Test batsman Greg Ritchie has defended himself against claims of racist and anti-Muslim comments at a Brisbane Test luncheon, refusing to apologise and saying: ''If they take offence that's their choice.''

The former Australian player and television personality was attacked for using the offensive ''K-word'' during a luncheon speech at the Brisbane Cricket Ground Trust members' dining room on day one of the first Test against South Africa on Friday.

He also made disparaging remarks about Muslims, which he admitted to on Sunday, and called former Pakistan captain Imran Khan ''an absolute knob''.

''I've got nothing against the Muslim people,'' Ritchie told the Gabba lunch on Friday. ''Just this morning I had to try and stop three little Muslim boys trying to break the lock on my car boot. I had to say, 'Shut up! You're in there for a reason!'''

Ritchie went on to say: ''I didn't f---ing come out and say I was outraged when some of their people flew planes into buildings, which was a lot worse than my f---ing joke.''

More on this story at Brisbanetimes.com.au

Topics:  muslim




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'I apologise every day that I am not the person he married'

My battle with postnatal depression...

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Blair LNP candidate throws her support behind workers

LNP candidate for Blair Teresa Harding hands out some snags at lunch break at JBS on Wednesday.

"I will certainly be voting for her this weekend"

Council dumps higher charges on residents

RISING PRICES: Eastern Heights resident Dave Clark says if the council should towards a user pays system to cover the cost of dumps instead of “sneaking” prices up gradually.

From August 1 residents will pay $10

Hanson a real show in Senate says academic

REAL SHOW: Pauline Hanson is in there with a real chance of being elected to the Senate on July 2.

People are increasingly looking for non-major party groupings

Latest deals and offers

Vox Pop: Council's rate increase

Mayor Paul Pisasale.

Members of the public speak out on Ipswich City Council's rate increase.

Blair candidate visits meatworks

LNP candidate for Blair Teresa Harding meets workers at JBS on Wednesday.

LNP candidate for Blair visited the JBS meatworks in Dinmore on Wednesday.

Pisasale's Budget

Mayor Paul Pisasale making budget announcements at Fire Station 101.

Cr Pisasale has announced his 2016/17 budget as one that "gets things done" and...

Arts and culture get a boost in council budget

HAPPY CAMPER: Council’s culture boss Cr Charlie Pisasale will be delighted $400,000 has been allocated for a business case investigation for IPAC.

IPAC at the forefront of councillor's agenda

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four