10 Oct 2010

Schoeman says monkey comment not racist

3:39 pm on 10 October 2010

The South African swimmer Roland Schoeman has admitted calling a noisy Indian spectator a monkey, but says his remark wasn't racist in nature.

After swimming in the 50 metre freestyle semi-final at the Commonwealth Games, Schoeman had criticised the behaviour of a spectator, who was constantly shouting.

Schoeman says in South Africa, calling someone a monkey is the same as calling someone a hooligan.

The incident has prompted the organisers to monitor crowd behaviour at the venues.

Schoeman won silver in the 50 metre freestyle event.