Originally Posted by adharcric
Regardless of what you say, it was a rude, inappropriate and childish gesture by the Australians. I can understand that they were overjoyed by victory and all that, but that's no excuse to lose your sense of respect. It's not even about respect for elders ... just respect, period. This shouldn't be blown overboard if the Aussies understand that they made a small mistake.
Eh, maybe. I guess I just don't get it. Sincerely, it's not like I'm averse to criticising the Australian team's behaviour, particularly Ponting. But I really think there is nothing in this. I guess we will just have to disagree on this, 'cause my purpose is certainly not to ridicule people who were offended, even if I just don't really see why you would be.
Perhaps the Aussie team will issue a token apology to smooth things over, given that it seems a misunderstanding has occurred. But I genuinely don't think there was a problem here, before the press decided to beat it up.