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- The verbal tiff with Andrew Symonds on day three of the Sydney Test could land Harbhajan Singh in trouble with the ICC charging him with racial abuse.

If found guilty, Harbhajan could face a ban of between two and four Test matches or between four and eight One-Day Internationals, according to a statement issued by the ICC.

The charge was laid by match umpires Mark Benson and Steve Bucknor after the close of the day's play following a complaint they received from the Australia captain Ricky Ponting.

The complaint was made by Ponting after the 116th over of India’s first innings, prior to which Harbhajan is alleged to have made a comment directed at Symonds.

The alleged offence falls under 3.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct which refers to players or team officials "using language or gestures that offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies another person on the basis of that person’s race, religion, gender, colour, descent, or national or ethic origin".

The hearing will take place at the end of the fourth day's play on Saturday.
 
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