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Harbhajan Singh has been banned for three Test matches after being found guilty under section 3.3 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) code of conduct, according to reports in India.

The charge related to an incident on the third day of the second Test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, with local reports alleging Harbhajan had racially abused Andrew Symonds.
The relevant section of the ICC code 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 ethnic origin".

India team manager Chetan Chauhan told TV channel CNN-IBN he believes the spinner had been harshly treated, but confirmed the remainder of the tour was not under threat.

He said: "I told the match referee (Mike Procter) this is wrong. There was no conclusive evidence from the Aussie side.

"Our points were ignored at the meeting.

"There is no question of calling off the tour, but we don't want these umpires (Steve Bucknor and Mark Benson) in the future."

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice-president, Rajeev Shukla, added that they would contest the ban.

"Both Harbhajan and BCCI will appeal against the ban within 24 hours," Shukla said
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