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Mark Latham calls out PM’s ‘hypocrisy’ over sledging comments

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has taken aim at sledging in sport, saying it’s “right out of control”.

Mark Latham isn’t having it, slamming the Prime Minister’s comments as hypocritical.

“I heard that parliamentary rant earlier and it just demonstrates no politician should be so hypocritical as to say get rid of sledging on the sporting field when sledging, of course, is an art form in the House of Representatives.

“Where was Malcolm Turnbull when the South African wicketkeeper Quinton De Kock put in the most disgraceful sledge not against one of our players but against David Warner’s wife?”

Mark also commented on the ball-tampering scandal, saying the Australian players involved deserve their punishment but the South African players aren’t innocent.

“We’re getting very good at slapping our own down to the ground.

“Now, these players did cheat, they deserve the punishment that’s coming their way.

“But… there were some terrible things done by the South African players.

“Their media and their spectators were into the humiliation of David Warner’s wife. That shouldn’t be happening in any arena let alone international sport.”

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