The Perth Scorchers’ most recognisable fan James “Choombies”’ Keating has denied making racist remarks towards West Indian cricketer Dwayne Bravo after he was booted from last night’s game.
Mr Keating, who is known for painting himself orange for the Scorchers games, was ejected from the game against Melbourne Renegades and claims was given a move-on notice by police mid-way through the game.
He told 6PR Radio this morning he had been told by security staff he was being removed because of racist comments made to Renegades player Bravo.
“I was doing my usual thing, a banter with the players. I had a couple of words to (Renegades player) Cameron White which seemed to set him off and he’s turned around and spoken to a security guard,” he said.
“Before you know it I’m being escorted out and told I’ve made a racist comment to Dwayne Bravo which is absolutely not true.”
Mr Keating says the comments he made were in relation to White being left out of the team for a Sheffield Shield final.
“I felt a little bit sorry for him (at the final) because I knew that he’d been dropped. I said ‘hi mate, how you going, you’re injured are you?’
Mr Keating said he made reference to the exchange at last night’s game, which led to White making a complaint to security staff.
Photographs on social media show him being led from the ground by police and several others..
Mr Keating said he was “shattered” by racism claims and devastated to have lost the opportunity to see his team chase down a mammoth total against the Renegades and record a sensational win.
“I’ve been supporting the Scorchers from day dot, they have very, very little contact with me, I don’t hear much from them at all,” he said.
“(The police) gave me a move-on notice which basically meant I was unable to watch the most thrilling the scorchers have ever had and I live for cricket and I’m pretty devastated by it to be honest.”
A Cricket Australia spokesperson said a man was ejected from the WACA for abusive language following several complaints.
“Cricket Australia takes a zero tolerance approach to anybody attending a match and behaving in an anti-social manner,” the spokesperson said.
Mr Keating made headlines last year after his trademark orange suit was stolen at a game.