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




RSPCA beat competition in bid for council tender

The Ipswich pound and rehoming centre will be run by RSPCA after September 30.

The council's decision surprised even the RSPCA

Two bidders clean up as old bombs set for export market

SOLD: The Ipswich City Council public auction of abandoned vehicles saw all of them snapped up quickly.

All 23 cars, and one boat, sold for $10,600

Latest deals and offers

Ipswich people love heritage

'It's a great vote of confidence for a program that was launched in 1992 and has since provided thousands of property owners with heritage conservation'


Sunday a family day of fun

FUN: Christopher and Jess are looking forward to the Family Fun Day.

Church plans an event that will have the kids cheering

What's on the big screen this week

Toby Kebbell and Jack Huston in a scene from the movie Ben-Hur.

AN OLD classic returns to the big screen with a new young star.

Bachelor Richie gives bacon-loving Noni the boot

Noni Janur features on this season of The Bachelor.

TOOWOOMBA swimwear designer still single but focusing on her career.

Zumbo's Just Desserts serves up magical dishes

Gigi Falanga, left, joins hosts Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo on the TV series Zumbo's Just Desserts.

ADRIANO Zumbo’s decadent creations have become prime-time viewing.

Sir Cliff Richard feels 'best' after sex abuse allegations

Sir Cliff Richard is 'back' to his best after sex abuse claims

Blac Chyna sued after car injured 2 women

Blac Chyna is being sued after her friend crashed into another car

Chris Hemsworth surprises kids at hospital as Thor

Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston surprised children at hospital

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.