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England vs New Zealand: British PM Boris Johnson criticises ECB’s suspension of Ollie Robinson after discovery of old tweets

England vs New Zealand: British PM Boris Johnson criticises ECB’s suspension of Ollie Robinson after discovery of outdated tweets

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson backed feedback from his tradition and sports activities secretary on Monday that English cricket’s ruling physique went “excessive” by suspending paceman Ollie Robinson over historic racist and sexist tweets.

Oliver Dowden on Monday urged the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to “suppose once more” over the sanction for the 27-year-old.

Robinson — who impressed with ball and bat in his debut Take a look at in opposition to New Zealand, which completed in a draw on Sunday — has been suspended from all worldwide cricket pending the result of an investigation following tweets he posted in 2012 and 2013.

“Ollie Robinson’s tweets have been offensive and improper,” Dowden stated. “They’re additionally a decade outdated and written by an adolescent.

File picture of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. AP

“{The teenager} is now a person and has rightly apologised. The ECB has gone excessive by suspending him and may suppose once more.”

Johnson supported Dowden’s place.

“As Oliver Dowden set out, these have been feedback made greater than a decade in the past written by somebody as an adolescent and for which they’ve rightly apologised,” stated a spokesman for the prime minister.

The paceman led England’s assault with 4-75 within the first innings of the primary Take a look at at Lord’s and adopted up with 3-26 within the second innings whereas additionally making a helpful 42 with the bat.

Robinson, in an announcement issued after play on Wednesday, stated he was “embarrassed” and “ashamed” by the posts.

The posts had emerged on the primary day of his Take a look at debut.

“I need to make it clear that I am not racist and I am not sexist,” he added.

Former England captain David Gower additionally thought the penalty was harsh.

“The ECB ought to say ‘let’s be taught from this’ and make him do the equal of group service,” Gower advised the BBC on Monday.

“He ought to go on the market amongst county cricketers and unfold the phrase that social media should not be abused.”

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Updated: June 8, 2021 — 1:53 am

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