Former test cricketer Greg Ritchie.
Former test cricketer Greg Ritchie. Chris Ison

Greg Ritchie defends Muslim jokes at Gabba Test lunch

FORMER Test batsman Greg Ritchie has defended himself against claims of racist and anti-Muslim comments at a Brisbane Test luncheon, refusing to apologise and saying: ''If they take offence that's their choice.''

The former Australian player and television personality was attacked for using the offensive ''K-word'' during a luncheon speech at the Brisbane Cricket Ground Trust members' dining room on day one of the first Test against South Africa on Friday.

He also made disparaging remarks about Muslims, which he admitted to on Sunday, and called former Pakistan captain Imran Khan ''an absolute knob''.

''I've got nothing against the Muslim people,'' Ritchie told the Gabba lunch on Friday. ''Just this morning I had to try and stop three little Muslim boys trying to break the lock on my car boot. I had to say, 'Shut up! You're in there for a reason!'''

Ritchie went on to say: ''I didn't f---ing come out and say I was outraged when some of their people flew planes into buildings, which was a lot worse than my f---ing joke.''

More on this story at Brisbanetimes.com.au



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