The UK authorities’s tradition and sports activities secretary Oliver Dowden on Monday stated the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has gone “excessive” by suspending Ollie Robinson for the racist and sexist tweets he posted again in 2012.
England quick bowler Robinson was on Sunday suspended from worldwide cricket pending an investigation into his discriminatory tweets he posted as a youngster.
“Ollie Robinson’s tweets have been offensive and mistaken,” Dowden tweeted
“They’re additionally a decade previous and written by a youngster. The teenager is now a person and has rightly apologised. The ECB has gone excessive by suspending him and will suppose once more.”
Dowden is the secretary of tradition, sports activities, media and digital in the UK authorities. The Conservative Social gathering politician has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Hertsmere since 2015.
The tweets resurfaced final Wednesday, the primary day of Robinson’s Take a look at debut at Lord’s, in opposition to New Zealand. In a nice debut efficiency on the Mecca of Cricket, he had taken seven wickets within the match.
On the shut of first day’s play, the 27-year-old apologised and stated he was going by means of a tough interval in his life when he posted the racist tweets as an 18-year-old.
“I wish to make it clear that I am not racist and I am not sexist,” Robinson had stated.
“I deeply remorse my actions, and I’m ashamed of constructing such remarks. I used to be inconsiderate and irresponsible, and no matter my mind-set on the time, my actions have been inexcusable. Since that interval, I’ve matured as an individual and totally remorse the tweets.”
Nevertheless, his apology was not sufficient because the ECB suspended him after the tip of the primary Take a look at whereas initiating a disciplinary investigation.
Robinson won’t be obtainable for the second Take a look at in opposition to New Zealand, which begins at Edgbaston on Thursday.
A press release from the ECB stated: “England and Sussex bowler Ollie Robinson has been suspended from all worldwide cricket pending the result of a disciplinary investigation following historic tweets he posted in 2012 and 2013.
“He won’t be obtainable for choice for the second Take a look at in opposition to New Zealand beginning at Edgbaston on Thursday (June 10). Robinson will depart the England camp instantly and return to his county.”