Vadodara:Both police and the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) have vehemently denied that Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds was racially abused during the fifth one-day international against India.
Vadodara Police Commissioner PC Thakur said the crowd occasionally chanted "Ganapatibappa Moriya", which might have led to the confusion.
Earlier, Australian newspapers claimed Symonds was subjected to monkey chants while fielding on the boundary.
"The crowd was chanting that after Indian wickets kept falling. They did not expect their team to lose and did not spare some of the Indian players either. But none uttered a single word against any Australian player," Thakur said.
He said police were quick to rush to the tent from where some spectators hurled water bottles onto the ground and the situation was soon brought under control.
BCA secretary Rakesh Parikh also dismissed charges of racial abuse.