England & Sussex bowler Ollie Robinson has been suspended from International Cricket, pending the result of a disciplinary probe following racist & sexist tweets which he posted in 2012 & 2013, the ECB announced on Sunday.
Announcing his suspension, the ECB further said that he will not feature in the second test against New Zealand which will be played at Edgbaston on Thursday 10th June. Robinson will leave England’s Camp immediately & will return to his County, the ECB stated in its Official Statement.
Earlier, Ollie Robinson has “unreservedly apologize” for the “racist & sexist” tweets which he posted over eight years ago as a teenager. Robinson admitted that he is very “ashamed” of making such racist remarks as his old tweets from 2012-2013 resurfaced on social media.
“On the biggest phase of my career so far, I am embarrassed by the racist & sexist tweets that I posted over eight years ago, which have become public recently. I want to make it clear that I am not racist and sexist”, Ollie Robinson said in a statement released by the ECB.
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“Deeply regret my actions, & I am ashamed of making such racist remarks. I was thoughtless & irresponsible in my state of mind at the time, my actions were inexcusable. Since that period, I have matured as a person & fully regret my tweets”, he added.
ECB Chief Executive officer Tom Harrison had earlier clearly stated that the ECB board has a “zero tolerance” stance in any form of discrimination. And said that they will initiate a full investigation as a part of their disciplinary process. “I am extremely disappointed that an England’s Player has chosen to write tweets of such nature. However long ago that might have been”, said Harrison.
“We have a zero-tolerance stance to any form of discrimination. And there are rules in place that handle the conduct of this nature. We will initiate a full investigation as part of our disciplinary process”, added Harrison.
However, Robinson can play for the Sussex County club during his international suspension as Robinson has a separate employment contract with Sussex. Earlier England’s assistant coach Graham Thorpe spoke in support of the pacer & applauded him for accepting & apologizing for his actions.
Robinson displayed an extraordinary performance on his debut in the first test which ended in a draw on Sunday. During the first test, Ollie scalped a total of seven wickets in two innings. He grabbed 4 wickets for 75 runs in the first inning & 3 wickets for 26 runs in the second innings.
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