Friday, 15 February, 2019

Windies bowler Gabriel slapped with ban for alleged homophobic comment

Joe Root suggested Shannon Gabriel said something he 'might regret' Joe Root suggested Shannon Gabriel said something he'might regret
Kristopher Love | 14 February, 2019, 10:12

In a statement yesterday, the ICC said Gabriel was found guilty of breaching article 2.13 of the Icc Code Of Conduct For Players And Player Support Personnel, which relates to "personal abuse of a player, player support personnel, umpire or match referee during an worldwide match" following an incident with England captain Joe Root.

Shannon Gabriel of West Indies celebrates the dismissal of Joe Denly of England during day 1 of the 3rd and final Test between West Indies and England at Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia, on February 09, 2019.

England's captain Joe Root leaves the field after day three of the third cricket Test match. "There's nothing wrong with being gay" after an exchange between the pair, with the comments apparently picked up on television via the stump microphone.

Joe Root did not want to speak about the issue post the day's play but admitted the fast bowler may have said something inappropriate.

"The charge, which was laid by match umpires, will now be dealt with by Match Referee Jeff Crowe".

Root was commended for his on-field remarks by Stonewall's director of sport Kirsty Clarke, who told PinkNews: "Tackling offensive language is a crucial part of helping LGBT people feel welcome in sport". He's a good guy who plays hard cricket and is proud to be in the position he is. The battle was a good contest, he's had a wonderful series and he should be proud.

"The more players, fans, clubs and organisations that stand up for equality in sport, the sooner we kick discrimination out and make sport everyone's game".

England captain Joe Root celebrates reaching his century.

While it remains unclear what Gabriel said, Root's reaction earned him plaudits on social media.

U.K. Sports Minister Mims Davies was among those who praised Root for his stance.

Root's handling of the incident has received widespread praise, with former English captain Nasser Hussain tweeting that "his 12 words as a role model will be in the end more important than a Test hundred or possible victory".

Richard Pybus, the West Indies coach said nothing has been reported yet, but the team will review the incident and address what could be done.