British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesperson on Monday mentioned the PM is “supportive” of the tradition secretary’s view that England and Wales Cricket Board ought to rethink the suspension of pacer Ollie Robinson for posting racist and sexist tweets again in 2012.
Oliver Dowden, the UK authorities’s secretary for tradition, sports activities, digital and media, mentioned the ECB has gone “excessive” in its punishment of Robinson.
Ollie Robinson’s tweets had been offensive and fallacious.
They are additionally a decade previous and written by a teen. The teenager is now a person and has rightly apologised. The ECB has gone excessive by suspending him and may assume once more.
— Oliver Dowden (@OliverDowden) June 7, 2021
Fast bowler Robinson was on Sunday suspended from worldwide cricket pending an investigation into his tweets he posted as a teen years in the past.
“Ollie Robinson’s tweets had been offensive and fallacious,” Mr Dowden wrote on Twitter.
“They are additionally a decade previous and written by a teen. The teenager is now a person and has rightly apologised. The ECB has gone excessive by suspending him and may assume once more.”
Later on Monday, Johnson’s official spokesperson mentioned: “The Prime Minister is supportive of the feedback from Oliver Dowden that he made by way of tweet this morning.
“As Oliver Dowden set out, these had been feedback made greater than a decade in the past (sic) written by somebody as a teen, for which they’ve rightly apologised.”
Conservative Party politician Dowden has been a Member of Parliament (MP) for Hertsmere since 2015.
The tweets resurfaced final Wednesday, the primary day of Robinson’s Test 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.
At the shut of first day’s play, the 27-year-old apologised and mentioned he was going via a tough interval in his life when he posted the racist tweets as an 18-year-old.
“I need to make it clear that I’m not racist and I’m not sexist,” Robinson had mentioned.
“I deeply remorse my actions, and I’m ashamed of creating such remarks. I used to be inconsiderate and irresponsible, and no matter my way of thinking on the time, my actions had been inexcusable. Since that interval, I’ve matured as an individual and absolutely remorse the tweets.”
However, his apology was not sufficient because the ECB suspended him after the tip of the primary Test whereas initiating a disciplinary investigation.
Robinson won’t be obtainable for the second Test in opposition to New Zealand, which begins at Edgbaston on Thursday.
An announcement from the ECB mentioned: “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 Test in opposition to New Zealand beginning at Edgbaston on Thursday (June 10). Robinson will go away the England camp instantly and return to his county.”
The ECB has not reacted to Dowden’s remarks